London, South Kensington
22 November 2002
ST. PETERSBURG -- Imperial Academy of Science and Art. Plan de la ville de St. Petersbourg avec ses principales vües, dessiné & gravé sous la direction de l'Academie Imperiale des Sciences & des Arts, St. Petersburg: 1753. Broadside 2° (535 x 402mm.). Letterpress title and 3 leaves of index in Russian and French, 14 folding engraved plates only. (Of 17, lacking map on 9 sheets, some plates with neat marginal repairs, last plate with frayed lower margin, occasional light spotting and dampstaining). Modern half red morocco. (Joints and edges lightly rubbed). Provenance: Mark Dineley (bookplate); The Honourable Baron Moule: "These plans were given to me by the Earl of Hyndford when he returned from his Embassy in Russia" J. M. (ink inscription on front free endpaper).
A fine series of views of St. Petersburg published by the Imperial Academy of Science and Art. The volume was intended to contain a plan on 9 sheets and 17 views of the city, although it is rarely found complete.
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