Moscow during Russia’s golden age: an early description of the “second capital”, here in the preferred second edition of the work, expanded to include the large engraved plan of the city, coloured by hand at the time of publication.
Laveau, a French entomologist, had a good knowledge of Moscow, where he was based as secretary of the Imperial Naturalists Society, and the work, printed in that city, contains much interesting topographical, social and statistical information among other details. In his seventh chapter (of twelve), Laveau expands on the arts and the art collectors of the city, making specific reference to some notable personalities of the time, still renowned today, such as Prince Michel Galitzin. The work was originally published in 1824 as Guide du voyageur à Moscou.
The number of plates and tables in different copies of this second edition greatly varies. The copies that we were able to check comprise not more than 6 plates including a frontispiece. Our copy is extra illustrated with a folding plan and includes in total 7 plates and a frontispiece.
With an unusual provenance: from the London library of Boris Yeltsin’s closest advisor, the exiled Russian businessman and politician Boris Berezovsky (1946-2013).
Two volumes, octavo (21.7 x 13.5 cm). Half-title, frontispiece, title, VI pp., 337 pp.,  pp., with 4 folding tables, 1 folding plan and 3 plates by Arkadev; 374 pp., including half-title, title, with 1 folding table and 4 plates, 1 large folding map in contemporary hand colour at rear; without 4 pp. index in vol 2, light spotting throughout. Later calf over marbled boards, spine in compartments, with two black morocco labels with gilt lettering.
Provenance: Boris Berezovskiy.
Cf. Klepikov XV and XVI, not mentioning this edition.
Stock ID: 91500