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DEMIDOFF [DEMIDOV], Anatole [Nikolaevich] de; Denis Auguste RAFFET (artist).

Voyage dans la Russie Méridionale et la Crimée par la Hongrie, la Valachie, et la Moldavie.

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Gihaut frères, Paris, 1848

First edition of some of the finest 19th-century illustrations relating to Russia. The descriptive text, as always, is for plates 1-87 only - the remaining plates being self-explanatory portraits of members of the expedition. De Sainson, Le Play, Huot, Leveille, de Nordmann, Rousseau and du Ponceau were Demidoff's travelling companions on this journey through Russia, the Crimea, by way of Hungary, Wallachia and Moldavia and ending in Constantinople and Smyrna. The attractive plates show scenes typical of the life of the countries through which the travellers passed, forming a pictorial comment on each country, with figures in traditional costumes and local activities, as well as military scenes, a portrait of the Tsar Nicholas I and one of Demidoff himself.

Count Anatoliy Nikolaevich Demidov, Prince of San Donato (1812-70) launched in 1837 at his own expense a scientific, chiefly geological, expedition to Ukraine and Crimea, the Russian territorial acquisitions in the south.

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First edition; folio (53 x 34 cm); 100 lithographed plates on India paper, 1 unnumbered lithographed title (between plates 69 and 70) + 13 duplicates (plates 42, 44, 48, 73 other title and on china, 75 other title and on china, 77, 84, and 6 duplicates and other states in the portrait section): 114 plates in total; 19-century quarter brown morocco over marbled boards by Leon Lemardeley of Paris, spine in six compartments, letters gilt to second, raised bands, top edge gilt; extremities rubbed. Large damp-stain in the top margin of several leaves towards the end, otherwise a very clean copy.


Brunet II, 583; cf. Atabey 337 (for the smaller, 8vo edition of 1840).

Stock ID:93068

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