12 June 2009
ST. PETERSBURG 1733 -- JUNCKER, Gottlob Friedrich Wilhelm (1702/5?-1746). Beschreibung der grossen Illumination Welche den 28. Jan. 1733 als an dem hohen Geburths-Feste der ... Frauen Anna Ioannowna... Feuer-Wercke in St. Petersburg vorgestellet worden. Opisanie velikoi Illuminatsii ... v vysokii den' rozhdeniia ... gosudaryni Anny Ioannovny. [St. Petersburg]: Imperial Academy of Sciences Press, 1733.
2o (370 x 245 mm). Title and text in German and Russian, engraved head- and tailpiece, folding engraved plate (small tear just touching illustration). Old marbled wrappers (lower cover repaired). Provenance: Alexandre Sementchenkoff (bookplate).
Description of the fireworks organised by Juncker with the help of COL. BERENS and the architect SHUMAKHER to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Russian ruler ANNA IOANNOVNA (1693-1740), Duchess of Courland. She ruled Russia from 1730 until her death in 1740. Svodnyi katalog 8731 (recording 2 locations); Bitovt 666 ('The greatest rarity, as with other descriptions of fireworks, it was undoubtedly printed in a very small number of copies'); Mulenkova "Fireworks and illuminations in the Collection of P.V. Gubar," in Al'manakh bibliofila, vol.VIII (Moscow, 1890), pp.197-202. Rovinskii pp.206-207; Sopikov/Rogozhin 7534.
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