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First editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to history, travel, culture and exploration in Russia, including the former Soviet Union.

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  1. Voyages … par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aux Indes Orientales.
    DE BRUYN, Cornelius. Voyages … par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aux Indes Orientales.

    Amsterdam : 1718

    First edition in French of one of the principal accounts of Russia published during the 18th century and certainly one of the most lavishly illustrated; it was originally issued in Dutch (Amsterdam, 1711). It is of note that De Bruyn was "far more concerned" than other visitors to Russia, "to describe the Russian built environment in detail, both verbally... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 61428

  2. Skazki i legendy tatar Kryma.
    USEINOV, Kazim Useinovich. Skazki i legendy tatar Kryma.

    Simferol : 1936

    First edition of this rare and fragile compilation of regional folklore, an area of research that was soon to be suppressed under detatarization with fatal consequences for Useinov. Highly attractive little book, thematically woven together by design elements drawn from local textile and visual arts employed as head- and tail-pieces, elaborated initials,... Learn More
    £1,450.00

    Stock Code: 145240

  3. 146860
    PURCHAS, Samuel. Purchas his Pilgrimes.

    London : 1625-6

    First edition of Purchas his Pilgrimes, with the preferred fourth edition of the Pilgrimage; together this is the desired state of the complete set of Purchas's important collection of travel and exploration narratives from ancient times up to and including the recent accounts of Virginia by John Smith.

    The Pilgrimes was conceived as a continuation... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 146860

  4. Kazakstan v tsifrah. Statisticheskiy dvukhnedelnik kazstatupravleniya No. 6-7
    VASILIEV, N.E., M.N.Volkov & V.I. Dobrovolskiy. Kazakstan v tsifrah. Statisticheskiy dvukhnedelnik kazstatupravleniya No. 6-7

    Alma-Ata : 1928

    Extremely rare issue of the official journal of the Kazakh Statistical Department offering the first detailed description of Alma-Ata as the capital: "because of the recent move of the capital and the lack of any standardized information on Alma-Ata from the statistical, economic and historical points of view, we have decided to dedicate this enlarged... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145808

  5. Opisaniye Kirgiz-Kazach'ikh, ili Kirgiz-Kaysatskikh ord i stepey
    LEVSHIN, Aleksey Iraklievich. Opisaniye Kirgiz-Kazach'ikh, ili Kirgiz-Kaysatskikh ord i stepey

    Saint Petersburg : 1832

    Rare and important. The first account of Kazakhstan as a geographic entity and of the Kazakhs as a people, containing the most accurate map of the region to date. Print run of just 400 copies; 10 copies traced institutionally world-wide, genuinely scarce on the market. A complete and extremely pretty copy of this highly desirable Kazakh cornerstone.

    Kazakh... Learn More
    £32,500.00

    Stock Code: 143194

  6. Memoranda of a Journey to Moscow in the Year 1856.
    THOMSON, Fanny Mary. Memoranda of a Journey to Moscow in the Year 1856.

    Liverpool : 1859

    First edition of this observant and entertaining travel account, originally published for private distribution. Decidedly uncommon, with three copies located institutionally in the UK, held at Oxford, Cambridge, and the National Library of Scotland, and a further two added internationally, held at the New York Public Library and at Yale. The National... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 138355

  7. Eighteen original photographs of Khiva and its people.
    DIVANOV, Khudaibergen. Eighteen original photographs of Khiva and its people.

    Khiva : c.1920

    Eloquent and atmospheric sequence of images showing the ancient Silk Road city of Khiva during a period of rapid transition, the work of Khudaibergen Divanov, Uzbekistan's first photographer whose life and fate mirrored his times. Proscribed and executed in Stalin's Great Purge, vintage prints from Divanov's studio are exceptionally scarce.

    All... Learn More
    £29,250.00

    Stock Code: 113773

  8. 145519
    CRIMEA. Statistiko-ekonomicheskiy atlas Kryma [Statistical and Economic Atlas of Crimea].

    Simferopol : 1922

    First and only edition of this scarce informational atlas compiled and published by the regional statistical department for the Crimea, and consisting of arresting visual representations: thematic maps, line and bar graphs, pie charts, and a number of hybrids thereof. The text unusually given in both Russian and Arabic. An attractive, but intrinsically... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 145519

  9. Das Vordringen der Russischen Macht in Asien.
    WARTENBURG, Hans Ludwig David Maximilian Graf Yorck Von, Das Vordringen der Russischen Macht in Asien.

    Berlin : 1900

    First edition. Account of the advance and consolidation of Russian power in Central Asia by the Prussian soldier, diplomat and historian, who is probably best known for his work Napoleon as Military Commander. Wartenburg served with an Uhlan regiment in the Franco-Prussian War, seeing action at Vionville, Gravelotte, Orléans and Le Mans. In 1884 he... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 143663

  10. Graficheskoe izobrazhenie zabolevaemosti i smertnosti v Voenno-uchebnykh zavedeniyakh
    ALEXANDER III. Graficheskoe izobrazhenie zabolevaemosti i smertnosti v Voenno-uchebnykh zavedeniyakh

    St. Petersburg, : 1886

    First edition, one of perhaps a handful of copies made to inform the Alexander III (1845-1894) and his closest advisers of important and sensitive statistics relating to his empire's military colleges. Printed at the typo-lithographic press at the headquarters of Izmaylovsky Regiment of the Imperial Guard in Saint-Petersburg, the book offers an overview... Learn More
    £8,250.00

    Stock Code: 144320

  11. Russia:
    PINKERTON, Robert. Russia:

    London : 1833

    First edition, an excellent copy of this attractively illustrated narrative, unusual in the original boards. In 1805 Pinkerton was sent to the Edinburgh Missionary Society's mission in Karass in the North Caucasus, then in 1812 joined the British and Foreign Bible Society in St. Petersburg.

    In 1816 he "undertook a tour of some seven thousand... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 93113

  12. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.
    MACPHERSON, Duncan. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.

    London : 1857

    First and only edition, uncommon. "An example of the degree of technical virtuosity reached by this time in lithography, giving plates brilliant in effect, the equivalent of modern four-colour process work from photographs. It is very difficult to tell whether, or to what extent, the plates are touched by hand The inks are excellent, with some strong... Learn More
    £2,875.00

    Stock Code: 71516

  13. Through Turkestan and the Caucasus.
    HOLBROOK, Frederick. Through Turkestan and the Caucasus.

    Brattleboro, VT : 1916

    First and only edition, inscribed on the title page "privately printed" and "no. 129", the total print-run unknown; one copy only traced in auction records (numbered 78); none traced in British and Irish institutional libraries. Holbrook, a construction executive from a distinguished New England family (his father, also Frederick, was governor of Vermont... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143727

  14. Map of Western Siberia with the Kyrgyz Steppe.
    KAZAKHSTAN. Map of Western Siberia with the Kyrgyz Steppe.

    1848

    Impressive and important map covering most of the territory of modern Kazakhstan, an area referred to throughout the 19th century as the Kyrgyz Steppe. Unquestionably one of the first detailed maps that show the region, based on modern scientific surveys. The map shows both capitals of the country - Almaty (at that time called Verniy) and Astana (at... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 121040

  15. Dzhaz-Band: Foks-trot [Jazz Band: Fox Trot].
    POLONSKIY, Artur Moiseevich Dzhaz-Band: Foks-trot [Jazz Band: Fox Trot].

    Moscow : 1926

    First and only edition, print run of just 1,000 copies. Arthur Polonskiy (1899-1989), who studied at the Kiev Conservatory under the famed Ukrainian pianist, Grigoriy Beklemischev (1881-1935), himself a student of Busoni, was one of the first Soviet composers who attempted to work in the jazz genre. After demobilisation from the Red Army in 1922 he... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 130876

  16. The Oil Fields of Russia and the Russian Petroleum Industry:
    THOMPSON, A. Beeby. The Oil Fields of Russia and the Russian Petroleum Industry:

    London : 1904

    First edition of this handsomely produced and important study by Arthur Beeby Thompson (1873-1968), who has been described as the "Father of the Oil Industry" (John Schmidt, Growing up in the Oil Patch, 1989, p. 127). His involvement with various oil projects went hand-in-hand with important hydrogeological work in Gibraltar, Canada and on the Gold... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 120057

  17. Bakhchysaray. Avtolithografii.
    MEDOVSHCHIKOV, Nikolai Nikolaevich. Bakhchysaray. Avtolithografii.

    Simferopol : 1927

    First and only edition of this locally produced, high quality pictorial souvenir of Bakhchysarai, the ancient capital of the Crimean Khanate. A sequence of evocative lithographs drawn direct to the stone by the noted theatrical designer N. N. Medovshchikov (1898-1988). This copy warmly inscribed by the author "to my kinsperson for the good memory" verso... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 143791

  18. Ornament gornykh tadzhikov Darvaza (Nagornaia Bukhara)
    BOBRINSKOI, Aleksiei Aleksieevich, count. Ornament gornykh tadzhikov Darvaza (Nagornaia Bukhara)

    Moscow : 1900

    First and only edition of this excellent visual record of the traditional designs of the Darvaz Pamiris, an ethnic Tajik group settled in that region on the Panj river, a tributary of the Amu Darya or Oxus in the south eastern part of Bukhara, now part of the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Superb quality "phototype" plates of textiles, the... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 144207

  19. [In Russian:] Ukazanie važnejših primečatelʹnostej na puti ego imperatorskogo vysočestva gosudarja naslednika Cesareviča.
    ALEXANDER II of Russia, as Tsesarevich. [In Russian:] Ukazanie važnejših primečatelʹnostej na puti ego imperatorskogo vysočestva gosudarja naslednika Cesareviča.

    St Petersburg : 1837

    Rare first and sole edition of this highly important account of a tour of Russia undertaken by the future Alexander II, the Tsar-Reformer, "the first heir to the throne to have personally seen the vast country he would rule" (Radzinsky, p. 60). With the armorial bookplate, incorporating the arms of Leuchtenberg, of Alexander's sister, the remarkable... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 142233

  20. Des Karpathes a Berlin un bond dans le style des Ballets Russes a la grande stupor de ces chiens d'Allemands et d'Autrichiens.
    BAKST, Léon. Des Karpathes a Berlin un bond dans le style des Ballets Russes a la grande stupor de ces chiens d'Allemands et d'Autrichiens.

    Paris : 1915

    Scarce, striking visual propaganda from the pen of the great Ballets Russes designer. Originally published as a double-page spread in number 18 of Cocteau and Iribe's short-lived satirical publication Le Mot, captioned as above. This unlettered version was issued as a fundraiser in a signed edition of 100 on superior japon impérial., this copy number... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 137827

  21. Putevoditel po Samarkandu.
    SENKULSKIY, Y. N Putevoditel po Samarkandu.

    Samarkand : 1908

    A fascinating document of the beginning of Central Asian tourism: the first edition of the first guidebook to Samarkand. Printed locally, it typically includes ethnographical and historical notes, together with directions to the most important sites and sights; and equally typically contains extensive sections of advertising front and back, promoting... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143725

  22. With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia.
    WARD, John. With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression. "Ward was colonel of the 25th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. A contentious but important book, violently anti-Bolshevik but also highly critical of American and Japanese policy in Siberia" (Lengel). Very scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 100499

  23. The Present State and Regulations of the Church of Russia.
    CONSETT, Thomas. The Present State and Regulations of the Church of Russia.

    London : 1729

    First edition, a collection of Russian documents in English translation, all serving the compiler's attempt to cement the reputation of Peter the Great (who had died four years earlier) as a great leader and reformer.

    Thomas Consett was the first Anglican priest of the "British Factory", the association of British merchants who were resident... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 144543

  24. Diplomatic study on the Crimean War (1852 to 1856).
    ZHOMINI, Aleksandr Genrikhovich. Diplomatic study on the Crimean War (1852 to 1856).

    London : 1882

    First English edition of this important account compiled by the senior advisor to the Russian Imperial Foreign Ministry. A timely publication guided not by "any idea of vain recrimination... On the contrary... the moment has come for the all the European Powers to strike a balance... and to acknowledge towards one another their mea culpa".

    Originally... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 141302

  25. The far Eastern Republic of Siberia.
    NORTON, Henry Kittredge. The far Eastern Republic of Siberia.

    London : 1923

    First edition, first impression of this "careful and thorough study of the history, government and problems of one of the most interesting of the new states, which has subsequently lost its independent existence by merger with Russia" (The American Political Science Review), of which 18 editions in English were published between 1923 and 1981.

    "Although... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 132942

  26. Problema poleta pri pomoshchi raketnykh apparatov: Sbornik statei pod red. M.K. Tikhonravova.
    ROCKETRY - ZANDER, Friedrich. Problema poleta pri pomoshchi raketnykh apparatov: Sbornik statei pod red. M.K. Tikhonravova.

    Moscow : 1947

    First and only edition of this important collection of articles by rocketry pioneer Friedrich Zander (Fridrikh Arturovich Tsander; 1887-1933), edited by a prominent co-worker at Group for the Study of Reactive Motion (Gruppa Isutcheniya Reaktivniya Dvisheniya - GIRD). Zander perfected the Soviet Union's first liquid propelled rocket GIRD-X, which was... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143547

  27. Russland.
    BAEDEKER, Karl. Russland.

    Leipzig : 1912

    Seventh edition of Baedeker's Russia, also covering Poland, Finland, the Caucasus, modern-day Uzbekistan, as well as Tehran and Peking as stated in the title; the first edition, published in 1883, covered western and central Russia only. Text in German. An attractive copy in the rare dust jacket. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 143865

  28. Russia and the Soviet Union in the Far East.
    YAKHONTOFF, Victor A. Russia and the Soviet Union in the Far East.

    London : 1932

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published the previous year by Coward-McCann, New York. A study of the history of Sino-Russian and Russo-Japanese relations, and the changes affecting these during the 20th century. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 143736

  29. Our Public Offices:
    MARVIN, Charles. Our Public Offices:

    London : 1882

    Our Public Offices provoked a minor political scandal on first publication in 1878; this copy of the third edition bears an attractive provenance, with the posthumous book label of Peter Hopkirk (1930-2014), the noted explorer and writer on Russia and Central Asia. Marvin, who had spent his early years working at his father's engineering works on the... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 143603

  30. Turkestanskii krai v 1866 [Travel Notes, Turkestan 1866]
    PASHINO, Petr Ivanovich. Turkestanskii krai v 1866 [Travel Notes, Turkestan 1866]

    St Petersburg : 1868

    First and only edition, decidedly uncommon, an online search of institutional libraries showing only 9 locations worldwide, and just a single copy at auction in the last 50 years. A keenly observed and highly desirable insider's account of the early days of Russian Turkestan, with a focus on Tashkent - capital of Russian Turkestan and now of Uzbekistan... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 117849

  31. Kino-dzhaz (Cinema Jazz).
    JAZZ - DLUGACH, Mikhail. Kino-dzhaz (Cinema Jazz).

    Moscow : 1937

    Uncommon, print run of just 8,000 copies. An advertisement for the Soviet Little peoples' circus group, the "Musical and Eccentric Group of Lilliputians", founded in late 1920s under direction of Mikhail Kachuriner (1896-1976), and continued until shortly after his death. The main accent was always on musical talent, the performers having musical instruments... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 124905

  32. Aziatskaya Rossiya Atlas.
    GLINKA, Grigoriy Vyacheslavovich. Aziatskaya Rossiya Atlas.

    St Petersburg : 1914

    First edition of this atlas considered "one of the finest achievements of pre-revolutionary Russian cartography" (National Library of Russia, Cartography Department on-line catalogue). Covering present day Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Siberia, it was designed to accompany Glinka's three-volume work of the same title,... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 114845

  33. Bitvi russkih s bukhartsami v 1868 godu I geroiskaia oborona goroda Samarkanda.
    KOL'DEVIN, N. Bitvi russkih s bukhartsami v 1868 godu I geroiskaia oborona goroda Samarkanda.

    St Petersburg : 1878

    Second edition, the first published in 1873. Uncommon, WorldCat with just two locations of the first, LoC and BL, none for this second which appears to be more substantial with 44 pages as against the first's 29. Attractive propaganda piece recounting the story of the heroic Bokharan campaign for the troops. Following the Crimean War the Russian military... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 121924

  34. Karta Zakaspiyskogo Kraya. Sostavlena po Noveyshim Svedeniyam v Voyenno-Topograficheskom Otdele Kavkazskogo Voyennogo Okruga
    STEBNITSKY, Ieronym Ivanovich. Karta Zakaspiyskogo Kraya. Sostavlena po Noveyshim Svedeniyam v Voyenno-Topograficheskom Otdele Kavkazskogo Voyennogo Okruga

    [Tiflis] : 1875

    One of the earliest detailed maps to be made of the Transcaspian region - the area between the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea - which in the years immediately following the issue of this map, was annexed piecemeal to the Russian Empire following a series of brutal campaigns led by Generals Lomakin, Skobelev, and Annenkov. The map... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 109039

  35. General Orders issued to the Army of the East,
    CRIMEAN WAR. General Orders issued to the Army of the East,

    London : 1856

    First and only edition, covering the tenures of Field-Marshal Lord Raglan, General Sir James Simpson, and General Sir William John Codrington whose copy this is.

    Raglan had died in June 1855, following the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade in October 1854 and the strong criticism it brought him. He was swiftly replaced by Simpson who, after... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 133591

  36. Letters from Turkey and the Crimea.
    MAUDE, Sir George Ashley Letters from Turkey and the Crimea.

    ?London : 1896

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, Library Hub locating just two copies, BL and Oxford, WorldCat adds two more, Princeton and Michigan. Maude commanded "I" Troop, Royal Horse Artillery in the Crimea, "the letters give many interesting details of what happened from the time of landing in Turkey up to the Battle of Balaklava, upon which occasion... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 135247

  37. Life in the Trenches before Sebastopol.
    PORTER, Whitworth, Major. Life in the Trenches before Sebastopol.

    London : 1856

    First and only edition, uncommon just 13 copies on WorldCat, only two - Harvard and Duke - in the US. Whitworth Porter (1827-1892), was a Second Captain in the Royal Engineers, following earlier service in Dominica, Ireland, and Malta, he embarked for the Crimea in February 1855."He served in the trenches at the siege of Sevastopol until June. He received... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 132572

  38. Reglement de sa Majesté Imperiale concernant le Service de l'Infanterie.
    PAUL I, Tsar of Russia. Reglement de sa Majesté Imperiale concernant le Service de l'Infanterie.

    St. Petersburg : 1798

    First and only edition. Single location on WorldCat at BL, KVK adds a copy in the Austrian National Library lacking 2 plates; and copies in the Zentralbibliothek der Bundeswehr, Düsseldorf, and Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle. Decidedly uncommon infantry manual for the Imperial Russian Army from the brief reign of Tsar Paul... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 132180

  39. Osnovnoe vooruzhenie vooruzhennykh sil NATO [The basic weapons arsenal of the NATO armed forces].
    COLD WAR. Osnovnoe vooruzhenie vooruzhennykh sil NATO [The basic weapons arsenal of the NATO armed forces].

    ?East Germany : c.1982

    Unrecorded samizdat publication, an unusual and highly appealing piece from the Cold War era. This well-illustrated manual details the arsenals of US and NATO forces in the early eighties. The text is divided into colour-coded sections, the first containing "intercontinental strategic nuclear weapons", followed by "eurostrategic nuclear weapons", the... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 124566

  40. To her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria, and the Allied Armies of France and England. This Military Topographical Map of the Krima Peninsula,
    JERVIS, Thomas Best. To her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria, and the Allied Armies of France and England. This Military Topographical Map of the Krima Peninsula,

    London : 1854

    First edition, evidently first state, and uncommon thus. Superbly detailed map of the Crimean Peninsula produced at the outbreak of the war in the region with "the Russian names, title and observations translated or rendered into English by Major Jervis himself, and various useful and important additions also made to the original Russian map" (map... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 90443

  41. Tableau statistique, politique et moral de système militaire de la Russie.
    TANSKI, Joseph. Tableau statistique, politique et moral de système militaire de la Russie.

    Paris : 1833

    First edition, a presentation copy inscribed by the author, exiled Polish soldier, patriot, and poet Jozef Tanski (1805-88), " à Monsieur le Général Langermann hommage de l'auteur"; autograph letter signed tipped in before the title in which Tanski presents this work on our "shared enemy, which by its subject cannot fail to be of interest to a military... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 88287

  42. Journal kept during the Russian War:
    DUBERLY, Frances Isabella Locke, Mrs. Henry. Journal kept during the Russian War:

    1855

    First edition of this elusive and highly desirable narrative of the Crimean War by the wife of Paymaster Henry Duberly of the 8th Hussars, part of the legendary light brigade. "Although she missed the battle of the Alma and saw only the aftermath of the battle of Inkerman, she witnessed the cavalry charges at Balaklava and the assault on Malakhov, experienced... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 68168

  43. Etnograficheskiye i Statisticheskiye Materialy po Sredney Azii i Orenburgskomu Krayu [Ethnographical and Statistical Materials on Central Asia and Orenburg Region].
    GALKIN-VRASKOY, Mikhail Nikolayevich. Etnograficheskiye i Statisticheskiye Materialy po Sredney Azii i Orenburgskomu Krayu [Ethnographical and Statistical Materials on Central Asia and Orenburg Region].

    St Petersburg : 1868

    Second enlarged and illustrated edition, published just a year after the first which was an unillustrated offprint from the Proceedings of the Russian Geographical Society on the Department of Ethnography, issued in a run of just 250 copies. Uncommon, just 5 copies located on WorldCat. The book is based on Galkin-Vraskoy's (1832-1916) travels across... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 117848

  44. War in the Far East.
    GREW, Edwin Sharpe. War in the Far East.

    London : 1904-6

    First edition. Attractive, well-illustrated history of the Russo-Japanese War edited from contemporary accounts by a respected journalist and editor, who worked on the staff of the Educational Times and the Daily Graphic, editor of the Illustrated Scientific News and Knowledge. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 119129

  45. Strukturnyi analiz dvizhushcheisia krovi (The Structural Analysis of Moving Blood).
    CHIZHEVSKII, Aleksandr Leonidovich. Strukturnyi analiz dvizhushcheisia krovi (The Structural Analysis of Moving Blood).

    Moscow : 1959

    First edition, inscribed by the author on the front endpaper verso, "To big Misha for good memory. Prof. A.L. Chizhevskii. May 8, 1960". This was one of the last publications of Alexander Chizhevskii (1897-1964), the eminent Soviet interdisciplinary scientist and the founder of heliobiology and aero-ionization, and widely considered to be his magnum... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 137282

  46. Taiti-trot.
    FOMIN, Boris Ivanovic & Konstantin N. Podrevsky. Taiti-trot.

    Rostov-On-Don : 1927

    Unusual provincially published edition of the arrangement of Vincent Youmans's Tea for Two made by Boris Fomin (1900-1948) in 1926 for inclusion in his operetta ''The Career of Pierpont Blake'', lyrics by Konstantin Podrevsky (18881930). "After the restoration of diplomatic relations between the USSR and many Western European countries in 1924, several... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 134553

  47. A Journey from India to England,
    JOHNSON, John, Lieutenant-Colonel. A Journey from India to England,

    London : 1818

    First edition of Johnson's journey from Bombay to London. After 35 years in India, devoting most of his time "to the acquisition of local and professional knowledge" (preface), British Officer John Johnson decided to travel to England by land. This account of his travels documents the local life and customs encountered along the route, and, with future... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 134957

  48. Moscow.
    KLEIN, William. Moscow.

    New York : 1964

    First edition, first printing, scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 133212

  49. Dvadsat' let Kazakhstana.
    (KAZAKHSTAN.) KULITOV, Dzhek Galiakparovich) (ed.) Dvadsat' let Kazakhstana.

    Leningrad : 1940

    First edition of just 4,100 copies, extremely uncommon, WorldCat locates copies at the universities of Kansas and Hawaii only. Edited by the then first secretary of the Kazakh Communist Party, this is a spectacular, if fragile, visual celebration of the establishment of Soviet Kazakhstan, originally founded as the Kirghiz Autonomous Socialist Soviet... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 133938

  50. Scrapbook albums from a British Parliamentary Delegation tour of Russia.
    BURTON, Elaine. Scrapbook albums from a British Parliamentary Delegation tour of Russia.

    1954

    Two scrapbook albums of photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera, compiled and neatly annotated by Elaine Burton MP (1904-1991) upon her return from the three-week British Parliamentary Delegation tour of Russia starting on 30 September 1954.

    Burton was one of two women selected as a participant, the second being Conservative MP Edith... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 131618

  51. Moskva - Kara-Kum - Moskva [Moscow - Karakum - Moscow].
    UREKLYAN, Gabriel' Arkadyevich as El-Registan & Lazar Brontman. Moskva - Kara-Kum - Moskva [Moscow - Karakum - Moscow].

    Moscow : 1934

    First and only edition. Uncommon, WorldCat locates just 4 copies - BL, Princeton University, Indiana University and Yale University - and a single copy of a Yiddish edition at the Center for Jewish History. "The Kara Kum (or Black Sand) desert of central Turkmenistan became, briefly, a Soviet cultural obsession when, in July 1933, a team of 23 cars... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 130555

  52. Puteshestviye v Ussuriyskom Kraye, 1867-1869 gg. S kartoy Ussuriyskogo Kraya (A Trip in the Ussuri Region 1867-1869).
    PRZHEVALSKY, Nikolay Mikhailovich. Puteshestviye v Ussuriyskom Kraye, 1867-1869 gg. S kartoy Ussuriyskogo Kraya (A Trip in the Ussuri Region 1867-1869).

    St Petersburg : 1870

    First edition of the first comprehensive description of the Ussuri region and Przhevalsky's first book, published at his own expense; very scarce, we have been able to trace one institutional location only, the incomplete copy at the Russian Presidential Library (lacking title page).

    Przhevalsky (1839-1888) passed through the military academy... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 129968

  53. Letiyu Sovetskoy Vlasti v Gruzii (For the 15th Anniversary of Soviet Rule in Georgia) - presentation photograph album.
    GEORGIA. Letiyu Sovetskoy Vlasti v Gruzii (For the 15th Anniversary of Soviet Rule in Georgia) - presentation photograph album.

    Tbilisi : 1936

    Superb album produced to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Georgian Soviet Republic (established 1921), one of perhaps a handful put together and presented to leading dignitaries; this copy with the gilt presentation supralibros of Valerian Bakradze (1901-1971), at the time Second Secretary of the Georgian Communist Party and a protégé of Stalin's... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 125466

  54. Litso sovremennogo dzhaza [The Face of the Modern Jazz]
    JAZZ/SAMIZDAT - DORUZKA, Lubomir. Litso sovremennogo dzhaza [The Face of the Modern Jazz]

    Minsk : 1973

    First Russian edition. This detailed overview of the trends in jazz current in the late 60s - early 70s was written in Czech by noted jazz critic Lubomír Dorůžka (1924-1970), and published by the state-run record label Supraphone in 1970, and it would appear that a copy was brought to the USSR and translated in Belarus soon after that. At the time... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 124913

  55. L'Industrie Pétrolière en U.R.S.S.
    RUSSIA. L'Industrie Pétrolière en U.R.S.S.

    Paris : 1929

    First and only edition, uncommon WorldCat locates just four copies, three of them in France. Special issue produced by Le Courrier des Pétroles, "the weekly journal for economic and political financial information on all matters relating to oil, liquid fuels and the mining industry" covering developments in the Soviet oil industry: "Russian oil is... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 123983

  56. Semimiesiachnyi plien v Bukharii [Seven month's captivity in Bukhara].
    TATARINOV, Alexander Alexeevich. Semimiesiachnyi plien v Bukharii [Seven month's captivity in Bukhara].

    St Petersburg & Moscow : 1867

    First edition of this important and uncommon account of Struve's troubled embassy to Bokhara, the repercussions of which brought an invasion under von Kaufmann and forced the khanate's capitulation to Russian rule. Just 7 copies on WorldCat.

    Lieut.-Col. Tatarinov of the Corp of Mining Engineers was a member of the mission sent to Muzaffar, emir... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 123083

  57. Puteshestvie po sredney Azii. Opisanie poiezdki iz Tegerana cherez Turkmenskuiu step' po vostochnomu beregu Kaspiiskago moria v Chivu, Bukharu i Samarkand, sovershennoi v 1863 godu.
    UZBEKISTAN - VÁMBÉRY, Hermann Ármin. Puteshestvie po sredney Azii. Opisanie poiezdki iz Tegerana cherez Turkmenskuiu step' po vostochnomu beregu Kaspiiskago moria v Chivu, Bukharu i Samarkand, sovershennoi v 1863 godu.

    St Petersburg, : 1865

    First Russian edition of Ármin Vámbéry's Travels in Central Asia, published in English the previous year. Uncommon, WorldCat locates one copy only, NYPL. One of the most popular accounts of travel Central Asia, its publication coinciding, perhaps not entirely fortuitously, with Russia's steady penetration into the region. It only emerged earlier... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 121759

  58. Travels of the Russian Mission through Mongolia to China, and Residence in Peking, in the Year 1820-1821.
    TIMKOWSKI, George. Travels of the Russian Mission through Mongolia to China, and Residence in Peking, in the Year 1820-1821.

    London : 1827

    First edition in English of reputedly the first individually published Russian account of China, originally published in German as Reise nach Pekin (1825-6). Timkowski (1790-1875) was "royal overseer" on the tenth Russian mission to Peking, where the Russian government had maintained a school and church since 1728. His account is notable for its detailed... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 121154

  59. 60 Velikogo Oktyarya (60 Years of the Great October.)
    WATERMELONS IN UZBEKISTAN. 60 Velikogo Oktyarya (60 Years of the Great October.)

    Tashkent : 1977

    First edition, no other copy traced. "In the spirit of socialist emulation inspired by the 60th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, a specialised engineering office and a pilot plant have successfully completed the key stages of a development plan for melon production. The issues of complex mechanisation of melon cultivation were... Learn More
    £1,950.00

    Stock Code: 120082

  60. Sobranie svedeni o narodah, obitavshih v Sredney Azii v drevnie vremena
    BICHURIN, Iakinf. Sobranie svedeni o narodah, obitavshih v Sredney Azii v drevnie vremena

    St Petersburg : 1851

    First edition, considered as the first scientific attempt at an ancient history of Central Asia. This was Bichurin's last work, bringing together data collected over the previous three decades. Inevitably it is mostly based on Chinese materials, but, as Bichurin states in the preface, he wanted to show the ethnic history of the whole region of Central... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 119926

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