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ST-THOMAS, Auguste de.
L'inondation de Saint-Pétersbourg. Le 7 Novembre 1824. St Petersburg, de l'imprimerie du Département de l'Instruction Publique, 1824.
1824. 8vo, pp. 8 (with mss. authorial correction and addition on page 7), a very good copy in the original publisher's printed wrappers.First edition of a scarce eye witness account in verse of the flooding which hit St Petersburg on 7th (19th) of November 1824 when the Neva breached its embankments and destroyed large parts of St. Petersburg. The original wrapper is integral to the published book as only here the dedication to Benkendorff is printed, dated 10 November 1824. Auguste de St-Thomas' pamphlet was not the only effort to write about the flood in verse. Jean Marie Chopin (1796-1871) published Dithyrambe sur l'inondation de Saint-Petersbourg at Paris in 1824. Auguste de St-Thomas is an elusive character, nothing could be found out about him, he published no more books or pamphlets. Looking at Chopin's flood poem published in Paris later in 1824 one can not wonder whether it is the same poem, published in Russia under an assumed name. Chopin was born in St. Petersburg to French parents, worked as secretary and librarian to the Russian ambassador in France, and travelled through Russia for more than fifteen years. Chopin's flood poem is also rather rare (with only the Bibliothèque Nationale copy in OCLC).No copies found in OCLC, COPAC, KVK or the Bibliothèque Nationale; indeed we could find no other copies at all. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Bernard Quaritch Ltd ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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