First large-size prints of Moscow: deluxe version printed on fragile China paper, with rare subscribers' list, kept in original printed wrappers.
A fine, complete example of Cadolle's first Russian work, limited to only 250 copies, showing dramatic views of the Russian capital during the Golden Age. Published the year of the Decembrist revolt.
August Cadolle (1782 – 1849) spent several years living in Russia, and published the present work on his return to Paris, in 3 issues; the first two contained 3 plates each, while the final issue contained 4 plates. The rare original wrappers of the present copy belong to the last issue, but still boast the enthusiastic and detailed prospectus of the first issue. This same combination, according to Klepikov, can be found in the National Library of Russia (St. Petersburg). Klepikov also claims that the copy in the State Library of Russia (Moscow) is incomplete. The album includes 10 illustrations, lithographed by masters including Deroy, A. Joly, Lemaitre, Fragonard, Renoux, Jacottet and Dupressoir.
Broadsheet (76 x 53 cm). Title, dedication leaf, pp. 4 explanation of plates, subscribers' list [pp. 2], and 10 plates on China paper by Cadolle lithographed by Deroy, Joly, Lemaitre, Fragonard, Renoux, Jacottet, Dupressoir and others; some spotting. Loose as issued in original printed wrappers; small marginal tears, a larger closed tear repaired. Housed in modern clam-shell box.
Brunet I, 1450; Klepikov XIX; Solovev Kat.105, 217a. Missing to Gubar's collection.
Stock ID: 90910