29 November 2007
POLEVOI, Nikolai Alekseevich (1796-1846). Russkie Polkovodtsy, ili zhizn i podvigi Rossiiskikh polkovodtsov ot vremen Imperatora Petra Velikago do tsarstvovaniia Imperatora Nikolaia I. [Russian Military Commanders]. St. Petersburg: Konstantin Zhernakov, 1845.
8° (258 x 175mm). Engraved title and 12 portraits with original tissue guards, engraved tail-pieces, all text within engraved frames. (Occasional light spotting, some offsetting of frames onto plates.) 19th-century quarter calf and brown pebble-grained cloth (covers detached, lacking spine, extremities rubbed). Provenance: 'Printed in Russia' (small title-stamp) -- Paul M. Fekula.
FIRST EDITION, the Fekula copy, of Polevoi's finely illustrated lives of Russia's greatest military commanders from the time of Peter the Great to Nicolas I. Fekula 2801 (this copy); Obol'ianinov 2118a.
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