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TUMANSKII, Fedor.

Polnoe opisanie deianii ego velichestva gosudaria imperatora Petra Velikago. [A Complete Description of the Deeds of Peter the Great].

Stock Code
107307
V Grade Sviatogo Petra [St Petersburg], Knigopechatne Shnoora, 1788
£6,750

The complete, scarce first edition of this exquisitely illustrated biography of Peter I by the historian Fedor Tumanskii (1757-1810). One of the earliest illustrated such works on the Tsar printed in Russia, it was intended to be Part 1 of five, though no more were printed.

The first section traces the succession of Russian rulers from the medieval period. The second provides an account of the House of Romanov from the accession of Mikhail in 1613, which put an end to the 'Time of Troubles' of Boris Godunov and the False Dmitris, to the reign of Peter I. The third discusses the complex early stages of his accession, especially the 1682 military revolt of the Streltsy in support of his half-brother Ivan, ending with the joint rule of Ivan and Peter under the regency of Sophia Alekseevna.

The fine portraits were partly based on works in the private collection of Count Ivan

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Description

First edition, part 1 (all published), 8vo (21 x 13.5 cm); engraved additional title and 11 engraved plates, 5 vignettes, with the list of subscribers, marbled endpapers, two small marginal worm holes, some thumbing, clean tear with no loss to p.79 touching text, little marginal spotting; contemporary calf, red morocco gilt label to spine, damage to black morocco label, calf rubbed, upper joint and spine cracked, a good copy.

Bibliography

Fekula 3019.

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17/11/2022

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