29 November 2007
SHAKHOVSKOI, Iakov Petrovich, Prince (1705-1777). Zapiski. [Memoirs]. St. Petersburg: Ivan Glazunov, 1821.
2 vols, 8° (205 x 127mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece laid-in, perhaps from another work. (Occasional light spotting and light soiling.) Contemporary Russian tree-calf, red morocco labels, edges yellow (front joint starting, extremities rubbed). Provenance: ?Alexander I (manuscript spine labels, partly erased pencilled accession numbers on rear endpapers) -- Viktor Il'ich Chernopiatov (bookplate) -- Paul M. Fekula.
POSSIBLY ALEXANDER I'S COPY -- with the characteristic paper case-labels of the Winter Palace library in red ink on the spines. The second edition, first published in 1810. Shakhovskoi, General Prosecutor of Russia, and Governor of Malorossia and St. Petersburg, had a stormy life; his memoirs give a clear picture of Russian administration at the time -- particularly its political manoeuvres and its court intrigues. Fekula 2156 (this set). (2)
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