A fine copy with wide margins of the first edition of this lovely work, with charming aquatints coloured by hand. Next to a portrait frontispiece of Tsar Alexander I, they show some picturesque views of Russia, including St. Petersburg, Moscow and Siberia among others.
Svinin (1788-1839) was famous for his views of St. Petersburg. A painter, diplomat and journalist, he spent two years as part of the first Russian diplomatic mission to the United States. Soon after returning to Russia, Svinin published ‘Travelling Across North America’, one of the rare Russian works about that region.
Another version of ‘Sketches of Russia’ with 8 uncoloured plates came out in Philadelphia in 1813, and another edition was later published in 1831.
Octavo (23 x 15 cm). Frontispiece, title, , X, 112 pp., with 14 handcoloured aquatint plates and 1 engraved sheet of music, uncut. Contemporary red roan over marbled boards; slightly rubbed, corners bumped.
Provenance: Elizabeth Smith (inscription to title dated 1831)
Abbey Travel 225.
Stock ID: 93935