1843 La Russie En 1839
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An Important Work, First Edition, Leather Binding, Scarce
Presented as a collection of letters written during his trip, Custine provides many fascinating observations of Russia which was little known to the rest of Europe at that time. He is a harsh critic of the country and is against the Tsarist regime, despite being a royalist himself. He favours a more constitutional monarchy. This work was extremely popular upon initial publication, and went through many printings in quick succession. However, the work was banned in Russia by Nicolas I. Several copies were smuggled in, with exerts appearing in Russian journals. A complete edition of the work was not published in Russia until the late twentieth century. This work looks at the social fabric and economy of Russia during Nicolas I's reign. Prior owner's pencil inscription to the recto of front endpaper, D M Shapiro, Nuffield College 27 Jan 1961. Monogram stamp to the title page of all volumes. With a heraldic coronet above the initials, which is possibly that of a Dutch marquess. Bound without the half-titles at the start of works. A smart, first edition set.
In half calf bindings. Externally, smart with light rubbing to the extremities. The spines have faded. Patches of rubbing to the paper covered boards. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front endpaper to volume I. Monogram stamp to the title page of all volumes. Small loss to the half title of volume IV at the head. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Minor offsetting and occasional spots to the first and last few pages.
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