29 November 2007
TREDIIAKOVSKII, Ivan. Dioptra ili Zertsalo Mirozritel'noe predstavliaiushchee v sebe suetu sego mira s nastavleniem o prezrenii onoi. [Dioptre or Mirror for the World, showing in itself all the vanity of this world, with an exhortation to despise that vanity]. Moscow: Novikov for the University Press, 1781.
3 parts in 1 vol., 4° (206 x 168mm). Errata, engraved head- and tail-pieces. (Occasional light spotting.) Contemporary calf, red and green morocco labels, spine with floral tools, patterned endpapers (spine head chipped, extremities rubbed, endpapers slightly stained and rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. RARE: Neither WorldCat nor Copac record copies. The engraved head-piece references Masonic symbols (see lot 2 for a similar head-piece). In 1787 346 copies of this publication were confiscated from Moscow booksellers, presumably for falling foul of Catherine II's decree of that year, stating that all books on a religious subject not published by the Church's press should be seized, (see lots 15, 22, 49 and Index for Freemasonry). The first part of this translation contains a printed dedication to the Senator, Privy Councillor and Chamberlain Petr Ivanovich Vyrubov, who served under Catherine II and may have facilitated her accession to the throne. Berezin-Shiriaev p.252; SK 1902; Sopikov 3185.
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