London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
SOLLOGUB, V. A., Count (1813-1882). Tarantas. Putevyia vpetchatleniia. [The Tarantas. Travel Impressions.] St. Petersburg: Andrei Ivanov, 1845. 4° (280 x 235mm). Half-title printed in red. Engraved illustrations throughout by Bernardskii, Greim, and others, after A. Agin, and G. Gagarin. (Without the frontispiece, a number of leaves with repaired margins, leaf 32/5 remargined, scattered spotting.) Nineteenth century Russian quarter sheep, cloth sides blocked in blind, spine titled in gilt (corners rubbed). Provenance: Miller (signature on half-title) -- 'V.K.' (binding) -- Martin Winkler (bookplate by Kravshchenko).
FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE BEST RUSSIAN ILLUSTRATED BOOKS OF THE MID-19TH CENTURY. 'Very rare' (Burtsev). 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 1144 ('one of the best illustrated editions of the 1840s'); Vereshchagin, Russkiia Illiustrirovannyia Izdaniia, 813 ('a beautiful edition and rather rare').
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