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Russian dress, customs and manners, with 111 plates

BRETON DE LA MARTINIÈRE, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph.
La Russie, ou moeurs, usages, et costumes des habitans de toutes les provinces de cet empire.
Paris, Nepveu, 1813. 6 volumes. 12mo or 18mo. With 111 mostly engraved plates (4 folding facing title-pages of volumes 1-4). Contemporary half calf, gilt spine, uniformly bound.
€ 2,500
First edition (the only edition in the original French) of Breton de la Martinières picturesque representations of the dress, customs and manners of the inhabitants of the Russian empire. With numerous plates showing views of Moscow and the Kremlin, the Palace of Petrowski, inhabitants of various cities in their characteristic dress (Riga, Ochta, Valday), Cossacks, a settlement of Kalmouks, army officers, etc. A German edition appeared in 1816.
Bindings with traces of use. A fine set including the "Avis au relieur" (advice to the binder where to insert the plates) in volume 1. Brunet 27736 (I, col. 1226, item 1); Colas 436; Hiler 113; Lipperheide Kaa 29.
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