29 November 2007
UKRAINE -- SAMOILOV, N. Zlatyia Vrata Iaroslavovy v Kieve, sooruzhennyia v nachale XI stoletiia i otrytiia iz zemli v 1832 godu. [The Golden Iaroslav Gate in Kiev, built at the beginning of the eleventh century and excavated in 1832]. Moscow: Lazarevs for the Institute of Oriental Languages, 1834.
8° (194 x 120mm). Folding plan after A. Testev. (Light scattered spotting, some light marginal browning, small repair to verso of map.) Contemporary half-cloth with lettering stamped in gilt and black (extremities rubbed, spine head and tail slightly chipped, some light soiling). Provenance: Sevastopol Officers' Library (bookplate, stamped initials) -- various shelf marks.
A HISTORY OF THE 1832 EXCAVATIONS OF THE GOLDEN GATE IN KIEV. The gate was one of three built around the city during the time of Iaroslav the Wise (c.978-1054). By the eighteenth century, the gates, which had been deteriorating over the centuries, were buried. They were uncovered in 1832 by the architect Lokhvitskii and their reappearance apparently caused general sensation. The text talks of the history of the Gate and of a royal visit made by Nicholas I in September 1832; the plan shows a cross section and an elevation of the excavated Gate.
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