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Un Mot Sur l'Ouvrage de M. de Custine Intitule: La Russie en 1839, Par un Russe

By [Ksaverii Ksaverievich Labenskii]; [Jean Polonius]

1843

Firmin Didot Freres : Paris

8.5" by 5.5"

[5], 6-98pp

 

 

 

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A very scarce first edition of this critical reply to the Marquis de Custine's negative work on Russia on his visit in 1839. In the original French.

The first edition of this work. A very scarce work. In the original French. With a half-title. This work is a critical reply to the Marquis de Custine's work 'La Russie en 1839', which was written after he visited Russia in 1839. Custine spent most of his time in St. Petersburg, but also visited Yaroslavl and Moscow. His work shows his negative reaction to the autocracy in Russia, at what he saw as the Russian's collaboration in their own oppression, and at the backwardness of the Russian Orthodox Church. Custine's work also severely mocked the Russian nobility and Tsar Nicholas I. Custine's work was widely read in France, England, and Germany, going through six printings quickly. However the work was banned in Russia. Some copies of the book were smuggled into Russia, having a large impact on Russian society. This reply was written by Ksaverii Ksaverievich Labenskii, also known as Xavier Labensky and Jean Polonius. Labensky was a Russian diplomat, and naturally had a very negative view on Custine and his work. In this reply, Labensky attacks Custine and argues against the points made in Custine's earlier work. Labensky also published three collection of poetry, all of which he wrote in French. Armorial stamp to the title page.

CONDITION

In a quarter morocco binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, generally smart.Loss to the head of the spine and to the head of the rear board. A little rubbing to the spine. A couple of marks to the boards. Small amount of fading to the head of the front board. Front hinge is starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with the odd spot.

Overall Condition: Good

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