Very rare first edition of the first guide to Moscow. Fine copy with an interesting contemporary provenance.
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. Second edition expanded with a plan of the city was published in 1835 under the title Description de Moscou.
The guide is illustrated with fine, including the Sukharev tower, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Institute of St. Catherine and Imperial Theatre among others.
This copy comes from the library of Count de La Ferronnays, Pierre Louis Auguste Ferron (1777–1842), who served as an ambassador to St. Petersburg in 1819 and a Minister of Foreign Affairs of France in 1828 – 1829.
Octavo (22.5 x 14 cm). Half-title, title, dedication , VI, 11 – 459pp., with 7 plates before the letter lithographed by Arkadiev after K. Braun, and 4 folding tables. Contemporary Russian full calf, gilt decorative border to covers, gilt lettering and decorative vignettes to spine, all edges gilt; slightly rubbed.
Provenance: Pierre Louis Auguste Ferron, Count de La Ferronnays (1777–1842, ex-libris to upper pastedown).
Klepikov XV – XVI.
Stock ID: 94574