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Historical Sketch of Moscow:
London: R. Ackermann,, 1813. illustrated by twelve views of different parts of that imperial city, the Kremlin, etc. Quarto (360 × 295 mm). Skilfully rebound to style in calf-backed onionskin paper boards, vellum tips, spine compartments decorated in gilt and with longitudinal red morocco label, original printed paper label pasted on front board, edges untrimmed. 12 hand-coloured aquatints on Whatman wove paper watermarked 1812. A little minor spotting and toning, but a very good copy, retaining several uncut edges. First edition, a fine copy with picturesque hand-coloured plates, showing landmarks like the Great Square and the Kremlin, but also rarer views like the Petrovskiy Palace and the Old Wood Theatre. Some plates include scenes of everyday life, like the "View of the Ice Hills, during the Carnival, at Moscow". The work was published the year after Napoleon's disastrous retreat from Moscow at a time when public interest was aroused by Russia, its historical capital and people; the 27-page introduction sarcastically applauds Napoleon for his soldier-like conduct and magnanimity. The book was offered for sale in both coloured and uncoloured state; coloured copies are naturally greatly preferred in the market.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
Last Found On: 2014-12-04           Check availability:      Biblio    

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