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ALS by Russian Statesman Karl Nesselrode to Sixth Viscount Strangford, Percy Smithe

By Nesselrode, K.

Lemberg (Lviv): By the author, 1823. Softcover. Autograph letter signed; 12 1/4 x 7 3/4; two loose sheets, glued to each other at the spine; pp. [4], text to pp. 1 only; a few minor spots and slight curling to lower margin only; very good or better condition. In French. Count Karl Robert Nesselrode (1780 – 1862) was a Russian Foreign Minister for 40 years, a State Secretary, and a leading European conservative statesman of the Holy Alliance. In 1824, he negotiated with the United States the defining of the boundary between Russian America (Russian colonial possessions spanning parts of present day California, Alaska, and Hawaii between 1733 and 1867) and the Oregon Country, which would be resolved with the Russo-American Treaty of 1824. He also signed the Treaty of Paris that would end the Crimean War. Nesselrode would also be remembered for managing to penetrate Japan's self-isolation, which would result in the signing of the Treaty of Shimoda, aka Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between Japan and Russia - the first treaty between the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan in 1855. Percy Smythe, 6th Viscount Strangford (1780 - 1855) was an Anglo-Irish diplomat and Ambassador to Portugal (1806), Sweden (1817), Turkey (1820), and Russia (1825). While in Constantinople, he was charged with the sole care of Russian affairs in Turkey. The letter, written in French by Nesselrode, asked for Smythe's aide in obtaining a firman (a royal mandate by the sovereign of the Ottoman Empire) for travel authorization for, then, Councillor of State M. de Minciaky, to Constantinople. Though not mentioned in the document, the purpose of Minciaky's trip was to mediate negotiations and, possibly, a meeting between the governments of Greece and Turkey, which at the time were embroiled in the Greek War of Independence (1821 - 1832).


Belorussy i Poliaki. Dokumenty i fakty iz istorii okupatsii Belorussii Poliakami v 1918 i 1919 godakh (Belarusians and Poles. Documents and Facts of the History of the Occupation of the Poles in Belarus in 1918 and 1919)

By Ezovitov, Konstantin

Kovna: Izd. im. F. Skoryny, 1919. Softcover. First Russian edition, translated from Belarusian; 9 3/4 x 6 3/4; pp. 124; salmon colored wraps, printed in black; chips to edges of wraps with loss of paper to corners and lower margin of back wrap; some pages unopened; text clean; good to very good. Konstantin Borisovich Ezovitov (1893 - 1946) was a Belarusian politician, author, military leader, and Vice Chairman of the Central Council of the Belarusian Army. He was the one, in 1919 and 1920, to establish diplomatic relations with the governments of Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland. A year after the outbreak of the First World War, Belarus was divided by the frontline between German and Russian armies. In late 1918 and early 1919, Belarus was invaded by Poles, who remained there until the summer of 1920. Ezovitov's current book contained a compilation of official materials, documenting that turbulent period in Belarusian history and that country struggles for independence.


Dardanelly, Bosfor i Chernoe More v XVIII veke [Dardanelles, Bosphorus, and the Black Sea in the 18th Century) Signed/Inscribed by Author

By Ulianitskii, Vladimir Antonovich

Moskva (Moscow): Tipografiia A. Gattsuka, 1883. Hardcover. First edition; 9 x 6; pp. [7], 2-484, [3], IV-CCLX; rebound in brown cloth over boards; a few small rubbed spots to edges of boards; front hinge reinforced with a thin strip of linen; signature and bookplate of Anatole G. Mazour to title page recto and verso; very good or better condition. Signed and Inscribed by the author on the half-title page. Vladimir Ulianitskii (1855 - 1920) was a Russian, historian, professor, and lawyer. He also worked at the main archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. Drawing on that rich archival material, Ulianitskii wrote his current book and used it as his Master's Degree thesis at the University of St. Petersburg in 1883. In 1885, for it, he was awarded the Uvarov Prize - given by the Russian Academy of Sciences to distinguished authors and historians and named after Aleksei Uvarov (1825 - 1884), a Russian archeologist, considered the founder of the study of the prehistory of Russia. Subtitled: "Study of the Diplomatic History of the Eastern Question," the book presented a summary of the complicated, so called "Eastern Question" regarding the Black Sea straits, focusing primarily on the periods of ruling of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. After Peter's construction of the Azov Fleet and Russia’s border extension to the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea in the late 1690s, entry into and departure from the Black Sea became an international issue and an important part of the Eastern Question. It was not until 1774, when the Ottoman Empire recognized Russia’s right to commercial navigation in the Black Sea and the Black Sea straits. The 19th century saw turbulent diplomatic affairs, with Russia's alliance and the right for its ships to go through revoked and reinstated and revoked again, to be followed by the Russian Government's refusal to recognize the articles in the Treaty of Paris concerning the “neutralization†of the Black Sea in 1870, and to finally culminate with the 1877 - 1878 Russo-Turkish War. The previous owner of the book, Anatole Mazour (1900 - 1982), served in the White Guard during the Russian Civil War and later took part in the Russo-Polish campaign of 1921. After the Revolution, in 1921, he fled Ukraine for Germany, and later for the US, where he settled in 1923. He would go on to teaching at UC Berkeley, the University of Nevada, and Stanford, where he would become Professor Emeritus in 1965. He was the author of several widely-read books on Russian history and politics, the Romanovs, and the Revolution. The only copy in the trade (as of October 2014).


Russkie na Bosfore v 1833 godu. Iz zapisok N. N. Murav'eva

By Muravev, Nikolai Nikolaevich

Moskva (Moscow): Izdanie Chertkovskoi Biblioteki / Tipografiia A. I. Mamontova, 1869. Hardcover. First edition; 9 1/4 x 6 1/2; pp. [6], 1-462, [4], 04-092, [1], II-VIII, [2]; 1/4 morocco and cloth over boards; 4 raised bands and gilt title; head of spine scuffed with a small chip; a few spots and a bit of rubbing to fore-edges of boards; steel engraving frontis (though the title page states "s risunkom" (with illustrations), research and study of another copy of the same edition appear to point out just that one engraving); several ownership stamps from the private library of Mikhail Georgievich Al'tfater; very good condition. Nikolai Nikolaevich Murav'ev - Karskii (1794 - 1866) was a Russian General, one of the founding members of the pre-Decembrists circles the Young Fraternity (1811–12) and the Holy Artel (1814–18), and brother of Decembrist Alexandr Murav'ev. He was known for his support of the emancipation of the peasants and for his harsh criticism of the conditions in the Russian Army, facts which would ultimately lead to his military discharge in 1836. Karskii served in the Patriotic War of 1812, as well as the wars between Russia and Iran in 1826–28 and between Russia and Turkey in 1828–29. He was sent on a diplomatic mission to Turkey in 1832-33, where he would play a leading role in concluding the Treaty of Hunkar Iskelesi or Unkiar Skelessi (literally translated as The Treaty of the Royal Pier) of 1833 - an alliance between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire, following Russia's military actions against Mehmed Ali earlier that same year, that among other things guaranteed Turkey's cooperation in shutting the Dardanelles against any foreign invading warships, should Russia require it. While deployed in Turkey, the General took extensive notes of his diplomatic work, as well as various foreign policies and relations, in the form of a diary. He, himself, assembled his manuscripts, in preparation for this book's publication, but he could not accomplish the task during his lifetime. Instead, it was published by his son-in-law Grigorii Aleksandrovich Chertkov, who was a publisher and son of the founder of the first public library in Moscow (Chertkovskaia biblioteka) Alexandr Dmitrievich Chertkov. The previous owner of the book, Mikhail Georgievich Al'tfater (1840 - 1917), was a decorated General from a noble family and member of the State Council.