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ORIGINAL ANECDOTES OF PETER THE GREAT First English Edition1788 Period tree calf binding and recently professionally re-backed to style, remains of ink inscription on the title page at the top not affecting text. Complete 448pp no engraved title page as found in later editions. First English edition of this celebration of Peter III, in form of the 'ana' in fashion at that time. Stählin (1709 - 1785) had a deep knowledge of Russia and was an important academic figure, spending most of his life in St. Petersburg as Secretary of the Academy of Sciences. His present work also includes "An Alphabetical Account of the Persons on whose Authority the Anecdotes are Given, and of the Eye-Witnesses by whom they were related".Famous collection of anecdotes about Peter the Great, based on eye-witness accounts which he collected for over twenty years during his life at the Imperial court in Saint Petersburg. Staehlin had a lot of opportunities to assemble a nice collection of stories about Peter the Great: he was the teacher of the heir to the Russian throne Peter Fedorovich, and after the latter had become Peter III of Russia, Staehlin was appointed the Emperor's librarian. Staehlin's book was published only after his death in 1785. And quickly became popular: it was translated into Russian (1786; went through 5 editions in the 18th century), French (1787) and English (1788). The anecdotes describe different events in official and private life of Peter the Great, showing his personality and often sense of humor: what he did in Paris, Danzig, or Wittenberg at Luther's tomb; what was his … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: E. C. Rare Books [Canada]
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