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KRUSENSTERN, Alexandre de.

Précis du systeme, des progres et de l'état de l'instruction publique en Russie.

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Warsaw: de l'imprimerie de la Banque de Pologne, 1837 Stock Code: 123034
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Education in Russia

First edition, followed by Polish and German translations (Warsaw: S. Orgelbrand, 1838; Breslau: W. G. Korn, 1841). Alexandre de Krusenstern (1807-1888) - russified as Aleksandr Ivanovich - described on the title page as chamberlain to the tsar, was the son of Admiral Adam Johann von Krusenstern, who led the first Russian circumnavigation of the globe. The Précis du systeme received a glowing review in The Athanaeum and a lengthy assessment in The British and Foreign Review (1839): "The object of this work is twofold; to enlighten Europe with respect to the erroneous opinions generally entertained by foreigners of the state of civilization in Russia, and to demonstrate the gradual advancement which is, we are told, shortly to place that country upon a level with the most leading nations". Murray's Handbook for 1839 described it as "an interesting account of the proceedings of the Russian Academy of Sciences, for the last few years, with the particulars of the expeditions that have been sent into various parts of Russia". Krusenstern was a member of the Council for Public Education in the Kingdom of Poland and opens his account with an overview of Russian state education, from parish schools to universities; other chapters are devoted to military, mining and medical schools and institutions devoted to particular groups, such as the German, Tartar and Jewish communities. Decidedly uncommon commercially and Library Hub locates copies at only three British and Irish institutional libraries (British Library, Leeds, University College London), WorldCat adds some 20 copies worldwide. This is a particularly attractive copy in an unusual, perhaps deluxe binding.

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Octavo. Contemporary orange glazed boards patterned in emulation of finely diced leather, smooth spine gilt banded and decorated with centre tools and gothic roll tools, blind decorative leaf border on sides, gilt edges.


Bookplate of the Sekundogenitur (Secondary School), Dresden. A little wear to extremities of binding, scattered light foxing. A remarkably good copy.


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