PUSHKIN, Boris L'vovich (1770-1830). 'Vers addressés à Mde. de Démidoff sur le mot 'sincérement' qu'elle m'avait donné', signed 'B. Pouchkin', St. Petersburg, 10 December 1810, on 4 pages, and a further four lines entitled 'A Elisabeth' dated 15 March 1814 on another leaf, in the Livre d'Amitié of Princess Elizaveta Aleksandrovna Demidova, née Stroganova (1779-1818).
8° (237 x 145mm), 64 numbered pages, excluding blank pages and leaves, including sentiments written by French authors, poets, musicians, etc., two with musical notations, one entry crossed through, dated between 13 April 1810 and 12 August 1816. Contemporary red straight-grain morocco, covers with gilt fruiting vine borders, enclosing on the upper cover the name 'Elisabeth', gilt ornaments on spine, gilt edges, trade label of 'Coiffier Md. de Couleur et Papetier Rue du Coq St. Honoré No.9' inside upper cover (extremities rubbed). Later slip-case. Provenance: Princess Elizaveta Demidova (by descent to:) -- HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia.
B.L. Pushkin was the uncle of the great Russian poet, Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, and was one of the first to notice his nephew's talent. Vasilii L'vovich was a follower of N.M. Karamzin and I.I. Dmitriev; published from 1793 he was a member from 1815-18 of the Petersburg literary group 'Arzamas'. He is remembered mostly for his elegies, romances, songs and poems. His entries are on pages 37-40 and 51 in the album. The other entries, mostly poetic, include François-Joseph Talma (actor, 1763-1826), Pierre Lafond (actor, 1773-1846), Jean-François Ducis (dramatist, 1733-1816), Charles-Hubert Millevoye (poet, 1782-1816), Louis-Sebastien Mercier (dramatist, 1740-1814), Edmé Mentelle (geographer, 1730-1815), Jean-Louis-Marc Alibert (dermatologist, 1768-1837), Emmanuel Dupaty (dramatist and singer, 1775-1851), Adelaide-Gillette Dufrenoy née Billet (poet and painter, 1765-1825), Alexandre Soumet (poet, 1788-1845), Friedric Henri Jacobi (philosopher), V.S.C. Auguste de la Garde de Chambone (soldier, 1750-1830), and others. The erased entry is by the Vicomte de Montferrand.