PRINCE GRIGORII GRIGOREVICH GAGARIN (1810-1893) AND GRAF ERNST GUSTAV VON STACKELBERG (1766-1850)
Le Caucase pittoresque. [Paris: Plon frères [text] and Lemercier [plates], 1847.] 15 livraisons (only, of 20), 2° (567 x 403mm). Tinted lithographic additional title and 64 lithographic plates by Bayot & Sabatier, Leroux, Mouilleron, Ciceri, et al. after Gagarin printed on 59 sheets (of 80, comprising nos. I-VII; IX-X; XIII-XV; XVII-XXVIII; XXX-XXXVII; XL-XLIV; XLVII; L; LV; LX-LXI; LXIII-LXVI; LXVIII-LXXX; and one misnumbered plate), 47 plates tinted, 6 printed in colours. Half-title. (Some light dampstaining and variable spotting on text and plates, some short, neatly-repaired tears, lacking title, 'Table des planches', 17 leaves of text, and map). Loose as issued (without original wrappers). Colas 1148; Lipperheide Kaa 56.
[PRINCE GRIGORII GRIGOREVICH GAGARIN. Costumes du Caucase. Paris: Imprimerie Lemercier for A. Hauser, c.1840]. Livraisons 7-11 (only, of 11), broadsheets (567 x 399mm). 30 hand-coloured lithographic plates heightened with gum arabic, some tinted (of 66, comprising nos 37-66) by Gagarin, J. Keller, J. Bachmann, C. Schultz, and A. Springer after Gagarin, each with the publisher's blindstamp on the lower margin. (Some light spotting and marking, some plates lightly browned, others with short marginal tears or creasing.) Loose as issued (without original wrappers). Colas 1147; Lipperheide Kaa 51.
Both works contained in a later box (some wear to box). Provenance: [?Nestor] von Schlözer (1808-1899, presentation inscription on dedication of Le Caucase Pittoresque 'A mon ami Schloezer , Gr. Gagarin', and by descent to the vendor).
GAGARIN'S FINE PLATES FROM HIS RARE SERIES LE CAUCASE PITTORESQUE AND COSTUMES DE CAUCASE, THE LATTER AN INSCRIBED PRESENTATION SET. Both works, which were issued over a number of years, are rarely found complete; indeed, of the two, only one (Le Caucase pittoresque) is recorded at auction by ABPC since 1975. This work -- described by Colas as 'planches représentent des costumes très interessants pour la Géorgie' -- was published in 20 livraisons while Costumes du Caucase was intended to form part of a work depicting the scenes, landscape, customs and costumes of the Caucasus to be issued in 48 livraisons; however, Colas states that only 11 of these were issued, containing 66 plates. The recipient of this copy was a member of the von Schlözer family, whose members distinguished themselves in the field of diplomacy. It seems most probable that this was inscribed to Nestor von Schlözer (born two years earlier than Gagarin in 1808), who was the imperial Russian state council's consul in Stettin, and husband of Luise von Schlötzer and father of Leeopold Schlötzer (for whom, see the following lot). (2)