SOLLOGUB, V. A., Count (1813-1882). Tarantas. Putevyia vpetchatleniia. [The Tarantass. Travel Impressions.] St. Petersburg: Andrei Ivanov, 1845.
4° (305 x 240mm). Half-title printed in red. Frontispiece, coloured by hand, and engraved illustrations throughout by Bernardskii, Greim, and others, after A. Agin, and G. Gagarin. (Scattered spotting, occasional small marginal dampstains.) Contemporary mottled calf, red morocco flat spine tooled and lettered in blind, marbled endpapers (rebacked preserving the original spine, edges repaired). Provenance: Aleksandr Nikolaevich Priklonskii (gift inscription dated 15 September 1870 to:) -- Father Ivan Vasil'evich Dobrosmislav -- N.F. Kamenskii (blind-stamp).
FIRST EDITION, LARGE PAPER COPY, WITH THE FRONTISPIECE HAND-COLOURED. 'VERY RARE' (Burtsev). Sollogub's most famous work of literary travels, and one of the best Russian illustrated books of the mid-19th century, was an important springboard for later works (Fekula). The eminent critic V.G. Velinskii wrote upon its publication that Tarantas had enlivened the 'dried up field of contemporary Russian literature' (quoted in Sobranie S.L. Markova, St. Petersburg 2007, p.229). Burtsev 2179; Fekula 5288; Kilgour 1103; Obol'ianinov 2575; Smirnov-Sokol'skii, Moia Biblioteka, 1144 ('one of the best illustrated editions of the 1840s'); Vereshchagin, Russkiia Illiustrirovannyia Izdaniia, 813 ('a beautiful edition and rather rare').