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Russian History

Russian novelists are great, and so are the rare Russian history books in Biblio's Rare Book Room. Our booksellers have created an incredible collection of rare and antique Russian history books, and many of the featured Russian history books are unique and one of a kind. From multi-volume biographies of Russian emperors to smaller books on a specific aspect of Russian culture, there are plenty of interesting Russian history books to peruse in the Rare Book Room.



The Invasion of Crimea: Its Origin, and an Account of Its Progress Down to the
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The Invasion of Crimea: Its Origin, and an Account of Its Progress Down to the

by Alexander William Kinglake

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Very Good
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Boonsboro, Maryland
Item Price
$2,401.00

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William Blackwood and Sons, 1863. Hardcover. Very Good. 8 Volume set. Suitable for a gift. Beautiful half calf, brown levant morocco leather and marbled boards. Gold lettering. Bindings are near fine. Clean, unmarked pages, with sparse foxing. William Blackwood and Sons, published 1863-1887. 2nd edition of Vols I & II; rest are 1st editions. Kinglake based his history of the Crimean War both on his own experiences and on the papers of Lord Raglan given to him by Raglan's widow. Kinglake ordered that Raglan's papers be destroyed after Kinglake's death, thus rendering his own work the only secondary source describing Raglan's account of the War. Several dozen battle plans and other maps (many folding) demarcating each army's units in red, blue, and green. Pictures available upon request. Ships daily. (RARE)
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$2,401.00
Memoirs (Autographed)
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Memoirs (Autographed)

by Gorbachev, Mikhail S

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
1st Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780385480192
ISBN 10
0385480199
Seller
Item Price
$575.00

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New York, New York, U.S.A.: Doubleday, 1996. 769pp/illus. Gorbachev's autobiography. Has autographed card tipped in on title page. Clean.. 1st Printing. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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$575.00
Travels Through the Southern Provinces of the Russian Empire, in the Years 1793 and 1794 (Two...
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Travels Through the Southern Provinces of the Russian Empire, in the Years 1793 and 1794 (Two Volumes)

by Pallas, P. S.

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  • fair
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Fair
Edition
Second Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Item Price
$2,000.00

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London: John Stockdale, 1812. Second Edition . Full Leather. Fair/No Jacket. 4to. 552 pages, plus 24 of 25 plates (lacking #20; nine folding), 3 folding maps; 523 pages, plus 26 of 27 plates (lacking #4; 15 folding). Each volume with 14 vignettes, of which 13 are colored in volume I and 10 are colored in volume II. Early, though likely not contemporary, polished leather with raised spine bands and gilt stamped lettering. Marbled end leaves. Covers show scattered rubbing and light wear at spine ends. Joints of boards at spine are tender, though still hold. Contents show scattered light offsetting, a little foxing, and occasional smudges, but overall are fairly clean and intact.
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$2,000.00
Living Water A Novel in Four Parts
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Living Water A Novel in Four Parts

by Kozhevnikov, Alexei

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition.
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Bath, Maine
Item Price
$931.00

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Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1954 Green/blue/gilt covers. Frontispiece of Kozhevniko Liberary of Selected Soviet Literature Stalin Prize 1950 Author of Ocean's Brother 1939. Extra title page in Russian. Illustrated by D. Piatkin. Translated from the Russian by Bernard Isaacs 605 pgs. Very Rare OCLC finds 10 copies. Illus. by D. Piatkin. Owner's Bookplate. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good.
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$931.00
[Tatar Folk Proverbs] Tatar chalyk makal'lare

[Tatar Folk Proverbs] Tatar chalyk makal'lare

by Isanbet, Naki [also Nake, Nakyi]

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Eureka, California
Item Price
$812.50

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Tatarstan kitap Nasrijaty / Tatarskoe knizhnoe izd-vo, 1959. First Edition. Hardcover. Complete in three volumes. 914, 960, and 1013 pages. Text in Tatar; Russian title from colophon: Tatarskiye narodnyye poslovitsy. The classic collection of Tatar proverbs, more than 38,000, compiled by an acclaimed writer of songs and plays. A new edition was issued in 2010. Scarce in the West, with just one US holding (Harvard, OCLC 83619595) and two incomplete sets in Germany. First edition (first printing). Very good to near fine volumes; no dust jackets, perhaps as issued. Bookplate in each volume.
Item Price
$812.50
We Follow the Road Shown by Great Lenin

We Follow the Road Shown by Great Lenin: Lenin in the Arts of Soviet Ukraine

by Vladych, L.V.

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition.
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Maysville, Georgia
Item Price
$200.00

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Hardcover. 178 pp.Kiev: Politvidav Ukraini Publishers, Ukraine (1985). First Edition. First Printing. Bright, clean, unmarked copy. Front panel bottom has several small ripples of delamination. Bilingual. Color illustrations of Communist Party propaganda posters, slogans, and poetry. Very Good to Near Fine. No DJ as issued. More photos on request. Shipped in a box within a box, with a packing slip.
Item Price
$200.00
ODIN DEN' IVANA DENISOVICHA (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. First Edition in book form)...
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ODIN DEN' IVANA DENISOVICHA (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. First Edition in book form) - Roman Gazeta Number 1 (277) 1963.

by Alexandr / Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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  • Paperback
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire
Item Price
$207.37

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Good. This volume was printed on poor quality paper and rarely survives. Splitting to edge of fragile paper spine. Usual browning/foxing. 46 p. Text in Russian. With author's portrait. This is the second published appearance (and first in book form) of Solzhenitsyn's hugely controversial first book, originally published in the magazine Novy Mir two months earlier. By this time, Solzhenitsyn's ability to publish in his homeland was in jeopardy. Though a number of minor pieces would appear in periodicals, this was the first and last major publication of his work during the Soviet regime.
Item Price
$207.37
The General Theory of Law

The General Theory of Law

by Jawitsch, L.S.

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good+
Edition
First edition in English translation, First printing stated
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Lukeville , Arizona
Item Price
$196.00

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Moscow USSR, Progress Publishers, 1981, hardcover, 293 pp, First edition in English translation, First printing stated, Very Good+ in Good dustjacket. Straight, tight and clean with no markings, slight spine roll, heel of spine lightly bumped. Dustjacket, rubs, light edge nicks, short closed edge tears, sticker lift to rear panel, in new Brodart sleeve. An overview of the theories of law in the former Soviet Union. Chapter headings include; Class Society and Law, The Essence of Law, Objective Law, Subjective Law (Right), The Execution of Law, Law Breaking.
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$196.00
Memory About Service, Friendship and You. Red Banner Pacific Ocean Fleet, Soviet Navy Photo Album...
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Memory About Service, Friendship and You. Red Banner Pacific Ocean Fleet, Soviet Navy Photo Album ( Black Sea,) with 15 SIGNED Pen and Ink Tracings of Warships

by Unknown Soviet Navy Sailor

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
Used - Very Good
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Bloomington, Indiana
Item Price
$2,250.00

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Soviet Union , 1979. Dated 1979-1982, a unique and RARE Soviet sailor's photo album, 13 1/2" w x 9" h, in string-tied brown velvet over heavy cardboard. Containing 40 pp. of thick cardboard, with 140 black and white and 4 color photographs pasted in, and 4 B & W photos and 1 negative laid in. The album rendered unique and amazing by the addition of 15 exquisitely detailed SIGNED pen and ink tracings of warships, 11 modern Soviet Navy warships and 4 tall ships, on rice paper, with each tracing interspersed between the photography pages. Very Good, small tears to the edges of some of the rice paper sheets. RARE Soviet Navy photographs from the height of the Cold War taken by an incredibly talented sailor/ artist. . Photograph Album. Very Good. 13 1/2" w x 9" h.
Item Price
$2,250.00
Costume of the Russian Empire
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Costume of the Russian Empire

by HARDING, Edward [publ.]

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
COLUMBIA, Missouri
Item Price
$2,950.00

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1810 RUSSIA Costume of Russian Empire Color Illustrated Clothing Travel Voyages

An extremely valuable and important illustrated account of history of costumes and clothing from the Russian Empire. Published in 1810, Edward Harding gathered English and French descriptions of impressive, aquatint engravings. The first edition of this work was published 1803 but is considered inferior to this edition because of the lack of engraved title and shorter explanations of the illustrations.

Item number: #8792
Price: $2950
HARDING, Edward [publ.]
Costume of the Russian Empire
London: Printed by T. Bensley for John Stockdale, 1810.

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Collation: Complete with all pages
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Provenance: Armorial Bookplate
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Campbell of Succoth, Bart.
Sir Ilay Campbell, Lord Succoth FRSE LLD (1734–1823) was a Scottish advocate, judge and politician.
Founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1783)
Director of the Highland Society… Read More
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$2,950.00
The GH Kaestlin Collection of Imperial Russian and Zemstvo Stamps (Smithsonian Contribution to...
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The GH Kaestlin Collection of Imperial Russian and Zemstvo Stamps (Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge)

by Thomas Lera,Leon Finik

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  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Collectible
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9781935623113
ISBN 10
1935623117
Seller
Holland, Michigan
Item Price
$180.00

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Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, December 2012. Hardcover . Collectible. A copy that has been enjoyed! Light wear from average amounts of reading, but a well taken care of title! Shelfwear creases on dust jacket. Pages are tightly bound and clean, with a slight bow. The Bluestocking Bookshop provides high-quality used and new books and gift items at deep discounts. Shipping media mail. Follow on Instagram for book of the day posts and bookseller recommendations.
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$180.00
Russian Zar Alexander III – German Kaiser Wilhelm Meeting 1912 - Russian Navy maneuver photo...
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Russian Zar Alexander III – German Kaiser Wilhelm Meeting 1912 - Russian Navy maneuver photo album (1900 -1909)

by Foto Wannas

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  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition
Seller
Heidelberg, Germany
Item Price
$4,102.06

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An extremely rare album with highly interesting, beautiful photos from Maneuvers in the years 1900, 1903, 1909, the "Kaiser-Tsar-meeting" in 1912 and official photos of the Tsar and his family. Cardboard covers (25.5 x 34.5 cm, a little worn) with embroidered Russian Imperial coat of arms on front cover.
18 leaves; 46 photos in total; sizes between c. 14 x 9 cm and ca. 17 x 23 cm; mostly silver gelatin prints, a few albumen prints and 16 prints, that seem to be platinum prints (the most stable photo print technique; extremely expensive luxury in the early 20th century; extremely rare).
Most photos in excellent, condition; a few with a little fading; many fresh with high contrast; as always, a little foxing; all defects, also the ones not mentioned have been considered for pricing.
8 empty spaces, where formerly phots had been mounted.
17 photos from the Kaiser and Tsar meeting are by Foto Wannas in Tallin , Estonia. They are either blind stamped or have the photographers name printed on reverse. Two… Read More
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$4,102.06
Operation Keelhaul: The Story of Forced Repatriation from 1944 to the Present

Operation Keelhaul: The Story of Forced Repatriation from 1944 to the Present

by Epstein, Julius

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Very Good
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780815964070
ISBN 10
0815964072
Seller
Lukeville , Arizona
Item Price
$175.00

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Old Greenwich CT, The Devin Adair Company, 1974, hardcover, xiv-255 pp, Second Printing stated, Very Good in Good+ dustjacket. Straight and firmly bound, small stain to textblock fore-edge and rear endpaper, previous owner's name to front endpaper. Dustjacket unclipped bearing original price, light edge nicks, closed tear to bottom edge of front panel, small interior tape repairs, foxing to flap folds, light spots to front and rear panels, spine darkened, in new Brodart sleeve. The surprisingly little-known story of numerous Russian and Eastern European POWs, defectors, and escapees who were repatriated to the Soviet Union against their will by the American and European governments in contravention of international law at the end of WWII. Illustrated with 16 black-&-white plates. Six Appendices from Original Sources plus Footnotes, Bibliography, and Index. Introduction by Bertram D. Wolfe. ISBN 9780815964070
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$175.00
A New and Complete System of Universal Geography; Describing Asia, Africa, Europe and America; in...
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A New and Complete System of Universal Geography; Describing Asia, Africa, Europe and America; in Four Volumes (v1-1798, v2-1800, v3-1799, v4-1799): "Paynes Universal Geography", FIRST EDITION

by Payne, John

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good+
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Lincoln, Nebraska
Item Price
$4,250.00

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A New and Complete System of Universal Geography; Describing Asia, Africa, Europe, and America; with their Subdivisions of Republics, States, Empires and Kingdoms; the Extent, Boundaries, and Remarkable Appearances of each Country; Cities, Towns, and Curiosities of Nature and Art. [1798, 1800, 1799, 1799 sequentially]Also giving a general account of the Fossil and Vegetable Productions of the Earth, the History of Man, in all Climates, Regions, and Conditions; Customs, Manners, Laws, Governments, and Religions; the State of Arts, Sciences, Commerce, Manufactures, and Knowledge...To Which is Added, A View of Astronomy, as Connected with Geography; Of the Planetary System to Which the Earth Belongs; ...with a Copious Index annexed to each volume, Being a large and comprehensive Abridgement of Universal Geography.By John Payne. with Additional Corrections and Improvements from the Latest and Best Authors. by James Hardie, A.M. Author of Principles of Latin Grammar, the American Remembrances, and… Read More
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$4,250.00
Sibérie – zero + l’infini
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Sibérie – zero + l’infini

by Gatti, Armand

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  • Fine
  • Paperback
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Berlin, Germany
Item Price
$392.59

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"We embarked – Pierre, Gatti, Vierny and me – at the end of August 1957 on an adventure …" – Chris Marker
In 1957, the group of Chris Marker, Armand Gatti, André Pierrard and Sacha Vierny was one of the first to travel and work in Siberia during the Cold War. Two independent works emerged from this trip – Chris Marker's Letter from Siberia (1957) and Armand Gatti's Sibérie – zero + l'infini (1958), which was one of the first Western reports on Siberia since 1917.
Armand Gatti, one of the most acclaimed theater playwrights of the 20th century, had already written eight plays and had received the Albert Londres Prize
for his earlier work before pursuing a career as a journalist. Gatti came back from Siberia with eleven articles about the region, which were published in Libération, the underground newspaper of the Résistance movement.
The following year Armand Gatti continued to work on these articles, which then became the book Sibérie – zero + l'infini, accompanied by Chris… Read More
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$392.59