29 November 2007
TRED'IAKOVSKII, Vasilii Kirillovich (1703-1769). Istoriia o Rimskikh Imperatorakh s Avgusta po Konstantina. [History of the Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine]. Translated from the French of Jean Baptiste Louis Crevier. St. Petersburg: Pri Morskom Shliakhetnom Kadetskom Korpus, 1767-1769.
4 vols (all published), 4° (244 x 185mm). Half-titles. (Occasional marginal dampstain, a few leaves loose but holding.) Contemporary tree- calf, flat spine tooled with greek key motif in blind, red morocco labels and calf numbering pieces, edges red, 'P.B.' blind-stamped on upper sides (re-backed with the original spines laid-down, repairs to the extremities). Provenance: Publichnaia Biblioteka (binding) -- V.I. Klochkov (book-ticket) -- Aleksei A. Vlas'ev (title-stamp) -- 'Printed in Russia' (stamp).
FIRST EDITION. AN EXCELLENT SET of this translation by Tred'iakovskii, the poet and great reformer of Russian versification whose efforts helped lay the foundations of Russian literature. RARE: WorldCat records no copies in North America. Bitovt 1597; SK 3293; Sopikov 4854. (4)
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