London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
TATISHCHEV, Vasilii Nikitich (1686-1750). Istoriia Rossiiskaia. Volumes 1-3. Moscow: at the Imperial University Press, 1768-1774. 3 vols, 4° (240 x 180mm). (Occasional light browning, second title with early repair in the fore margin.) Contemporary Russian red morocco, sides with gilt foliate frame, spines gilt in compartments, gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed, light wear). Provenance: Frederick North, second earl of Guilford (1732-1792; British prime minister).
FIRST EDITION. LORD NORTH'S COPY IN CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN RED MOROCCO of the first outstanding Russian historian of 18th century. It is usual for the first three volumes of Tatishchev to be offered on their own: volume 4 was published 10 years after volume 3, and volume 5 did not appear until 1848. Bitovt 1617; Drage 706; SK 7161; Sopikov 4889. (3)
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