Fine hand-coloured views of St Petersburg
A beautiful travel book, notable for the twelve fine views of St. Petersburg taken at each month of the year. The views include the Imperial Bank, the Marble Palace, the Square with the Grand Theatre, The Imperial Palace, and the Great Bridge. Unique to this work are the eight superb plates of Russian carriages and sleighs and their occupants, all dressed in contemporary costume.
First edition; folio, 20 handcoloured aquatint plates by Debucourt after Mornay, captions in English and French, text in English, text watermarked 1815, plates watermarked 1811, some light staining but otherwise in very good condition; modern red morocco over grey paper boards, upper cover with red morocco label, flat spine lettered in gilt, gilt rollwork to covers.
Abbey Travel 226; Martin Hardie, 138; Prideaux 345; Tooley (1954), 355.
Stock ID: 90986