29 November 2007
RIGEL'MAN, Aleksandr Ivanovich, Major General (1720-1789). Letopisnoe Povestvovanie o Maloi Rossii i eia narod i kozakakh voobshche. [Narrative Annals of Lesser Russia, its people and Cossacks]. Moscow: at the University Press, 1847.
4 parts in 1 vol., 4° (237 x 165mm). Lithographed frontispiece and 27 lithographed plates, 4 of these folding, one large folding lithographed folding map (of two). (Lacking the fourth divisional title, short tear in the map near the fold.) Contemporary green quarter morocco over marbled boards (corners rubbed). Provenance: unidentified manuscript case-labels on the spine.
FIRST EDITION OF RIGEL'MAN IMPORTANT HISTORY OF LESSER RUSSIA AND THE COSSACKS. Rigel'man spent two years in Zaporozhian territory when he fought in the Turkish Wars, and the best of his account is written from close personal contact with Cossacks. Berezhin 487 ('RARE'). Obol'ianinov 2313.
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