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  1. Landscape folio (40 x 54 cm); title-page with portrait of the artist and 24 lithographs mounted on thick paper, bound with a further 28 plates from a later work, some minor stains but overall very clean, marbled endpapers, a.e.g.; contemporary red morocco gilt, with gilt lettering to upper cover, edges rubbed and corners bumped.

    £15,000
  2. Folio (37.6 x 28.5 cm); title, colour title, 72, [2] pp. 8 colour plates tipped-in on thicker board including two portraits, 7 black and white plates, some half-page, with many illustrations in text; one plate loose. Original publisher's cloth, double-headed eagle centrepiece to upper cover, spine lettered in gilt; rubbed at extremities, ends of spine chipped, some spotting to upper cover.

    £1,500
  3. Folio (40 x 30.5 cm). Half-title, title, frontispiece, dedication, 152 pp. with many photographic illustrations, 8 colour plates; a few small marginal tears without affecting the text. Publisher's beige wrappers with gilt lettering to upper board; very light spotting.

    £850
  4. The hinged lid applied with a parcel-gilt silver plaque engraved in French 'The President of the French Republic Émile Loubét', below an enamel seal of the French Republic with crossed French and Russian flags, the lid further applied with a spray of tobacco leaves and a trompe l'oeil cigar band, raised bead and leaf tip borders, the sides applied with silver fleurons, the hinged front with keyhole escutcheon engraved with details of the Saatchi & Mangoubi tobacco company, its cover with the Imperial Russian arms, the silk-lined interior with two tiers of hinged trays, the underside of the lid with gilt French inscription 'Suppliers to the Court of his Majesty the Emperor of Russia, Company of the Tobacco Factory, Saatschy & Mangouby, St Petersburg' beneath the Imperial Warrant, 84 standard, with original key
    width 33cm, 13in.

    £14,500
  5. First edition; 5 parts in 1 vol; folio (54 x 42 cm); 62 chromolitgographic plates with tissue guards after Gagarin, Karpov, Timm, Zichy, F. Teichel, Viale, Zakharov and others, double-page map, plate of skulls, spotting, water stain to corner of preliminary pages; contemporary brown morocco with title to cover and spine rebacked retaining original spine, lightly rubbed.

    £10,000
  6. First edition; 3 vols in one; frontispiece portrait, 100 colour plates, text in French and English, water stain effecting the latter plates, half dark green morocco, spine with gilt tooling and the title 'Russians and Turks', slightly worn; [bound with] Tableau générale de l'empire Othoman, Imprimerie de Monsieur, Paris, 1787, vol. I only, engraved title-page, dedication to King of Sweden, 41 plates, several folding, missing 3 plates (13,19 and 36).

    £10,000
  7. Gouache, watercolour, metallic inks, and brown ink on vellum, 37 x 47 cm, text signed by Georgiy Vuich, dated 25 December, 1931, signature of the artist Boris Zworykin in lower right corner; central fold, some loss of paint in upper margin.

    £3,950
  8. First edition; 2 parts in one volume; folio (65.6 x 48 cm); title and dedication, text in French and Italian, 180 engraved plates including two frontispieces, wide-margins, some minor foxing to titles but otherwise plates in excellent condition; modern quarter black morocco and marbled boards, spine with raised bands and gilt title.

    £12,500
  9. Folio (37.4 x 28); hand-coloured engraved title-page, title-pages in English and French, dedication leaf to Princess Elizabeth, illustrated with 72 colour plates with text in English and French, marbled endpapers, some foxing to free endpapers otherwise very fresh, text block slightly detached from lower board; contemporary brown calf over brown boards, title in gilt to spine, spine and edges worn.

    £950
  10. First edition; elephant folio (92 x 69.5 cm); lithograph title in French printed in red and gilt, text printed in brown on thick paper, 18 full-page chromolithographs with tissue guards, by Lemercier after Zichy, Timm and others, most with captions in Russian and French, 32 lithographed illustrations, a few in colour, printed on India paper and mounted as issued, tinted folding panorama of Moscow, endpapers foxed, some spotting to text and marginal spotting to plates, two tissue guards with slight damage, a.e.g.; original publisher's green morocco, gilt block of imperial regalia to upper cover and gilt detail to spine, rebacked preserving original spine and skilful restorations to binding, gilt clasps, an attractive copy.

    £80,000
 

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