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Memoirs of the Empress Catherine II. Written by herself, with a preface by A. Herzen. Translated from the French.
Trübner & Co. 1859 Orig. blue pebble-grained cloth by Westleys & Co., blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt; spine a little dulled & sl. rubbed at head & tail. Small booklabel of J.S.G. Simmons with ALS to Theo Zinn sending him this book. A good sound copy.These memoirs cover the period 1729-1759. Following Catherine's death in 1796 the manuscripts were entrusted to her son, Paul. The memoirs remained a closely guarded secret within the Imperial family, the revelations the diaries contained being considered too dangerous for public scrutiny, pertaining, as they did, to possible foul play within the royal household. A number of copies were made which were leaked into the public domain, much to the anger of Tsar Nicholas I, who ordered that all copies be destroyed. During the Crimean War the Imperial archives were transferred to Moscow and once again the existence of copies of the Memoirs became apparent. In 1855, Herzen managed to obtain one of these manuscripts and it is from his copy that the first official publication was made. As with much of the Russian aristocracy Catherine's language of preference was French. It is therefore safe to assume that the original Trübner publication of 1859 (from which this translation was made) was a close replication of Catherine's thoughts. This is the FIRST ENGLISH EDITION.
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