Hmm , You …

You Peculiar Odor
L'Empire de Russie (Atlas Russicus, Frontcover)
of Old Mother Russia


Painterly Homage

Lorenz Ekemann Allesson, Birch

to the Birch

as the giver of what makes юфть so incomparable. For “(f)rom the bark and the root one gets by dry distillation the birch tar and the birch oil which are used for the preparation of Russia leather , for rum essence and perfumes, also medically … East of the Vistula it forms extended stocks” (Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., II [1888], 965). Here then seen and captured by Lorenz Ekeman Allesson (Malmö 1790/91 – Stuttgart 1828) as crayon lithograph, inscribed: L. Ekeman del. / 8., measuring 12⅝ × 8⅞ in (32 × 22.6 cm) and as being created 1819 already on its own a precious


Winkler 11/8. – On vélin as invented about 1750 by Baskerville and also produced in Germany since 1783, on which “a much finer impression (could) be achieved than on laid” (paper; Löffler-Kirchner III, 486).

With narrow little margin around the borderline, the print of which is interrupted at the left upper edge for 5 and 6 cm resp. and partly somewhat tender at the lower edge. The trimming here then also immediately below the inscription. At the center of the same besides a small paper defect minimally affecting the outmost grasses of the edge as also the 8.

Come to Germany with his mother in 1806 and here to a manor near Jena, Ekeman first devoted himself to agriculture, to turn to the arts after the Napoleonic Wars with educational stations Augsburg , Munich & Vienna. Already in 1821 he was appointed professor and director of the newly founded Royal Lithographic Institute in Stuttgart. Nagler (1837) emphasized his “decided talent for the subject of landscape … his landscapes after famous masters (are) excellent”, here, however, a work of his own and therefore one of the especially desirable examples of his artistic qualities.

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Odors – as  they  float  about  us , flatter, infatuate . Remind of distant countries and cultures . Of off-days we were there . And the plenty of which we , breathing in , took back into day-to-day life . Unforgotten – immortal and , above all , permanently – inspiring !

So , as Schiller needed the rotten apple in the half opened drawer to be Schiller. The rotten apple as source of an ideal of freedom whose the fanfare still centuries later calls daily for new awakening .

Odors – here and now then , no , no , nothing rotten , rather nothing more typical than that of



“ Russia Leather was originally a speciality of Russia, where it was made from the hides of young cattle … The empyreumatic odour of the old genuine ‘Russia’ leather was derived from a long-continued contact with willow and the bark of the white birch, which contains the odorous betulin oil … After tanning and setting out the goods are treated with the empyreumatic oil obtained by the dry distillation of birch bark

( birch tar oil )

… The leather, if genuine quality,

is very watertight and strong ,

and owing to its impregnation with the empyreumatic oil,

it wards off the attacks of insects ”

(Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed., XVI [1911], page 340).

And so it was no question at all for  niemeyer’s  to grant their one standing out by contemporary coloring from the ordinary copies colored not or in outline only showing up on the market occasionally only anyway of the

first complete , genuine Russian atlas

with its second genuine general map

and with regard to the scale best first (c. 1 : 8.9 mill.) after Kirilov’s (c. 1 : 11.7 mill.) from 1734 and before that by Truscot & Schmidt from 1776 (c. 1 : 7.5 mill.) a

юфть переплёт

yuft binding

as only adequate.

As  reverence  for this irrespective of too much haste grand cartographic milestone, still initiated by Peter the Great as most urgent and realized by the Imperial Academy of Sciences founded by him in the year of his decease (1725). Which the great Euler as co-editor pointed out

“ to his fatherland as example

for then there was no such complete atlas of Germany yet ”

(Bagrow-Skelton, Meister der Kartographie [1963], page 251).

As  reverence  almost even more so yet for  Mother  Russia  and her soul , whose literature , music , and art down to the grandiose first movement of Shostakovich’s Seventh plowed deep furrows into the western cultural landscape. Yet last , but not least , as reverence for the vastness of  th  of  earth  fanned out in this. Feel this leather ! Experience its thickness standing out from conventional binding leather, even though reservations had to be made from this, resulting in a welcome fine marbling.


Ruby red  юфть ! Leather of a different range. Of different pretensions. niemeyer’s  is  proud !

Made possible, however, only thanks to spontaneous alacrity by Fortuna Spezialmaschinen GmbH – a sincere


big Thank you to Messrs. Tilo Ullmer & Bernd Kussmaul to Weil der Stadt.

Just as then also to  Mother Russia’s great Peter  proving so modern who understood a modern mapping of the country as  the alpha & omega of the way into a new Russia and from which far-sightedness then in such a manner present

Atlas Russicus, Bibliography + Title

originated. For while in Central Europe towards the end of the 17th century the cartographic development largely had come to a close already and new maps mostly presented enhancements in detail only, a modern cartography based on scientific land surveying in Russia – and thereby also in Asia – sets in only with the early 18th century. By the famous punkty from 1721 as “The first official instructions on land survey and map-making” (Goldenberg & Postnikov, see literature) as whose co-author Peter the Great is supposed. So on occasion of his first stay in Holland 1697 the latter then also learnt “under the direction of 17-year-old Marie de Wilde (daughter of the merchant and collector Jacobus de W. in Amsterdam to whom he was on friendly terms) the use of the etching-needle … (for) engraving and etching is closely connected with the printing of maps” (Horst Gerson, [Spread and Aftermath of Dutch Painting], 1983, page 516). In short,

“ The creation of the All-Russian market

necessitated the compiling of general maps & atlases

while an expansion of economic relations

between different regions

generated a need for more detailed maps of particular areas ”

(Goldenberg & Postnikov, see literature)


“ In the tradition of Peter the Great who opened Russia to the West ”


in rediscovery of just those correlations of days of old .

niemeyer’s — where even the leather is in tune

Atlas Russicus

a Milestone 266 Years ago

Designed and published in Petersburg

by the

Imperial Academy of Sciences

founded 1725 by Peter


in the deep coloring

of all the quality of its age

as extremely seldom only :

Uncolored only

the copy of the spectacular exhibition of 1991

(see below)

De L’Isle – Atlas Rvssicvs … Vastissimvm Imperivm Rvssicvm cum adiacentibvs Regionibvs / Atlas Russien de tout L’Empire de Russie et des Pays Limitrophes. Ed. under the direction of Leonhard Euler and Gottfried Heinsius by the Imperial Academy of Sciences at Petersburg founded by Peter the Great in 1725. Ibid., author’s edition, 1745. Large fol. 16 pp. With

general map folded several times

dedicated to Peter’s daughter (1709-62, czarina since 1741)

Elizaveta Petrovna

Atlas Russicus / General Map


19 double full-page detail maps

(c. 19¼-19¾ × 22 and 22¼ × 38⅝ in [49-50 × 56 and 56.5 × 98 cm] resp.) after Joseph Nicolas De L’Isle (1688 Paris 1768) and others,

all in copperplate engraving with contemporary full coloring .


« Voici enfin l’Ouvrage

qu’on a attendu

depuis si long tems,

& qui … renferme

une description Géographique

de tout ce vaste Empire. »

Atlas Russicus - Premier Atlas Russien complet

Premier Atlas Russien complet



la deuxième

carte générale de Russie

Première impression

de la première édition


And referring to this then also Isaac Brouckner’s four years junior Nouvel Atlas de Marine as First Prussian Maritime (World) Atlas . See its uniquely complete copy at marine niemeyer.

Only their beloved the gods giveth —
and his the antiquary

Ruby Red Yuft Leather Volume

with four decorative ribs enclosed by fillets, running over cover fillets, title stamp L’Empire de Russie on front and large double anchor of the contemporary Petersburg arms (1730-1856) as centerpiece on back cover, the lower part of its river anchor as corner pieces of both covers, all 23.5 carat gilt tooled, black backplate, brown pastedown & fly-leaf with gilt stampings, including on the back pastedown large ligated RS monogram as brand of the Red Series here as centerpiece as well as stamped red series and niemeyer fine arts resp. on the inner lower edges & JayAitchDesign on the back lower edge. Paled marble color edge. In uniform half yuft slipcase (20⅞ × 13 × 1⅛ in [53 × 33 × 3 cm]), the black Efalin paper cover coating of which

Atlas Russicus / Yuft Binding

repeat Petersburg’s Double Anchor in gilt


Bagrow-Castner II, pp. 177-253; Phillips 4060 (erroneously or originally not belonging to with additional 4 ll. preliminaries, otherwise together with additional war maps); Goldenberg + Postnikov, Development of Mapping Methods in Russia in the 18th century, in IMAGO MUNDI XXXVII, 63-80; Nitsche-Stender 141; Lexikon der Kartographie 688; Teleki, Atlas zur Geschichte der Kartographie der japanischen Inseln pl. 17,1 (pl. 19 of the atlas); Niemeyer, Rußlands Aufbruch in die Moderne – Peter der Große und die Entwicklung der russischen Kartographie, Bonn 1991, 5 + illustrations.


(Treasures from the Kremlin – Peter the Great in Western Europe.) Bremen, Übersee-Museum, 1991 (18 weeks incl. extension). – Catalog no. 158 (uncolored copy).


First  Print …

Ivan Kirilov . Imperii Russici Tabula Generalis. Petersburg 1734

Kyrilov, 1st General Map of Russia

Russia’s 1st general map – 1991 traded here into South German group
IMAGO MUNDI XLIII, 1991, page 110 / Unusual Items that have come up for Sale , the offer here

Joseph Nicolas De L’Isle . Mappa Generalis Imperii Russici . 1745

Manuskript-Wandkarte / 2nd General Map of Russia

Russia’s 2nd general map as manuscript wall map . 1745 . 46½ × 90⅛ in (118 × 229 cm)
1995 traded here into the Austrian National Library
Übersee-Museum Bremen, Schätze aus dem Kreml – Peter der Große in Westeuropa, 1991, cat. no. 157;
IMAGO MUNDI XL, 1988, page 143 / Unusual Items that have come up for Sale , the offer here &
ibid. XLVIII, 1996, page 233 / Notable Acquisitions , Vienna, Austrian National Library, Map Collection

Ivan Fomic Treskot & Jacob F. Schmidt .
Tabula Geographica Generalis Imperii Russici. 1776/1784

Treskot + Schmidt, 3rd General Map of Russia

Russia’s 3rd general map – 1991 traded here into Saxon State Library
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Presently available here anew


Atlas Russicus - Archangelsk, Petersburg, Volgograd


Title & Text Part

– Description of the maps with regard to limitation , creation , exactness , and execution of the survey ; Transcription of the Russian alphabet ; partly extensive explanations of Russian words ; engraved legend with rich keys down to salterns and hot springs –

in Latin-French parallel text

(Russian-German version still the same year with lesser text lead = Phillips 4059 and 3109 resp., each with erroneous remark for map 19 “showing the extreme point of Alaska and the Aleutian islands”, recte rather Kamchatka & Kurile Islands).

Text part with the Honig watermarks HONIG / IV & large fleur de lis with crown with ligated pendant WR.

One map trimmed within the lower margin of the map, but without injuring of the subject itself, 5 maps trimmed on or with loss of upper or lower borderline resp., 1 map each trimmed within the white platemark at loss of miles indicator and numbering resp. Otherwise only isolated small backed margin tears and two not disturbing tear offs.

The deep coloring of all the quality of its age

as extremely rare only by which the cartouches, as frequently with contemporarily colored old atlases up to the legendary Atlas of the Great Elector, left in black and white.

As first complete atlas of Russia

the decisive milestone on the road to modern Russia :

“ Russian mapping, sponsored by Peter the Great and his associates, is known to have followed the way of intensive scientific development in connection with the state reforms and an active foreign policy in the 18th century. The fulfillment of new economic, administrative, cultural, military and political tasks, conditioned by the development of productive forces, required comprehensive studies of the country as well as the compilation and use of new complete and accurate maps. The creation of the All-Russian market necessitated the compiling of general maps and atlases while an expansion of economic relations between different regions generated a need for more detailed maps of particular areas. From the point of view of the history of cartography, we can find in this period a rich field for studying the process of transition from the national traditional methods of large-scale mapping (drawings) to surveys and map constructions on a scientific base.

This process required the creative reworking

of the West-European cartographic methods

by Russian cartographers as well as application

of the national mapping traditions

to the conditions of a vast area of the country ”


This was the object of the most highly patronized works of the geographical department within the Academy of Sciences founded by Peter the Great who for instance during an expedition to the coast of Kamchatka in 1719 dispatched two officers of his fleet to answer

the question posed by Leibniz

Atlas Russicus / Kamchatka

with respect to a nexus between Asia and America .

Also supposed to be one of the authors of the famous “punkty” – “The first official instructions on land survey and map-making” – from 1721 his “merits in the propagation of geographical knowledge” K. E. von Baer investigated (St. Petersburg, 1872; but see also K. Waliszewski, Peter the Great, N.Y. 1897, p. 435).

Sought was an utterly new map survey

subject to astronomically set fixed points. At the head of the western astronomers and geographers called to Russia was J. N. Delisle who worked there from 1725-47 and whose astronomical school founded at the Academy produced several Russian astronomers of high repute while his works for the atlas of 1745 – preceded by Ivan Kirilov’s less decisive one of 1734 – suffered by friction. A lack of currentness caused by this and poor accuracy then were the reasons for him why he did not like to see his name being related to the atlas. Just as contemporarily already M. V. Lomonosov – Coll. works, Moscow 1955, IX, 258 – had criticized :

“ Having looked at the archives and the published Atlas it is easy to understand how much more accurate and complete it could have been. ”

Assigned to Delisle as assistant was Gottfried Heinsius (Naumburg/Saale 1709 – Leipsic 1769), 1736 called to Petersburg as associate professor of astronomy and member of the Academy, who still in the year of publication followed a nomination to Leipsic See Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie XI, 656.

The detail maps 1-13 (1 : 1,527,000) covering the European part of Russia constructed markedly larger as against the 6 ones of the Asian part (1 : 3,360,000) – east of rivers Irtysh/Ob, but still up to the Pechora delta – and besides adorned with mostly richly figurative-instructive title cartouches. The Asian maps furnished with just a title ribbon. Whether this has to be attributed to the economical importance and the degree of acquaintance then or is an expression of the request for a more precipitate completion of the works as criticized as inappropriate by Delisle may be left undecided here.

For  the  German  side  of  particular  historical  interest

Leibniz’s version of the Volga-Don Canal

as outlined 1697 in a conversation with the Russian ambassador in Hanover. – Furthermore of particular importance for the development of cartography the

supposedly first representation of the Kurile Islands

as chain of islands in cohesively named sequence

spread between northern Japan – its northern tips at the map’s lower edge – and Kamchatka. The disputed islands in the south of the chain correctly set off a little and situated closer to Japan. Thus without the obscure Staaten Island, Terre de la Compagnie and Terre de Jean da Gama still found in the maps by Kirilov and Haas, but also other, partly substantially later maps, practically making up the entire southern half of the chain of islands and besides by their placement, especially in the earlier maps, rather suggesting a yet also still largely unknown Aleutian Range come too far south.

For the mere cartographical rank of the atlas

Goldenberg-Postnikov’s resume applies :

“ Atlases, maps and large scale plans become the principal basis for the development of topographic maps. They remain as remarkable monuments of the history of Russian cartography created by the toilers of field cartography … From the point of view of studying the maps of Russia of the 18th century as historico-geographical sources, the cartographic materials of general land survey are undoubtedly the most abundant and valuable sources in spite of their relative imperfections. ”

And especially of present atlas

“ … Delisle’s contemporaries … had a very high opinion … and

the famous German scholar Euler

pointed it out to his fatherland as example

for then there was no such complete atlas of Germany yet ”

(Bagrow, Meister der Kartographie [1963], p. 251).

The area comprised

in accordance with the borders in the reign of Elizaveta Petrovna. In the east up to Bering Strait, with the Kurile Islands and northern -Japan, in the SE the complete River Amur district later acquired by Alexander II (czar since 1855) down to today’s Vladivostok. Apart from that in the south up to the headwaters of Kerulen, Selenga & Irtysh – Caspian southern shore – River Arax , then crossing the Black Sea on about the line Trabzon – Constanca , westerly up to Kiev – Memel – Helsinki with parts of Finland – Norwegian border area . In the north up to about 85° northern latitude .  All  in  all  the

document of a setting-out

into modernity


contemporarily colored copy .

Hmm , you …

… how are you beautiful ,

so enticingly beautiful

Atlas Russicus in Yuft Binding

You ⅙th of Earth ,

You Mother Russia

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“ This stands to reason ,


the decoration of a home


a profound effect

on those

who live there ;

it influences their feelings

and their relationships

both with others

and with themselves .

In short ,

it is a question of state of mind .”

Michel Gareau

Charles LeBrun , First Painter to King Louis XIV, New York, Abrams, 1992 –

on  the  self-conception  of  the  orchestration  of  one’s  own  life

by  the  élite  in  the  time  of  the  Sun  King ,

getting  inside  their  minds  constituted  LeBrun’s  fame

Mother Russia :

Jean Baptiste Le Prince, La diseuse de bonne Avanture

Success ,

it lies in your hand !


Jean Baptiste Le Prince

Metz 1734 – St. Denis du Port 1781

La diseuse de bonne Avanture

The old fortune-teller, reading the chances from the hand. Etching with aquatint. 1764. Inscribed: Le Prince 1764., otherwise as above & caption. 8⅞ × 7 in (22.5 × 17.7 cm).

Plate 2 (further available here) supposedly from the 8-sheet set Nagler 9, Divers amusements et usages de Russie , drawn by Le Prince from nature during his stay in Russia 1758-1763. – With caption. This and the wide white margin slightly foxed. – Typographical watermark.

“ Foreign artists visited Russia as well and in 1757 the Frenchman Jean Baptiste Le Prince toured to Finland, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. His prints of Russian people published a few years later constitute

an important part of the pictorial record of the time ”

(Karen F. Beall, Kaufrufe und Straßenhändler / Cries and Itinerant Trades, 1975, page 485).

Early  example  of  the  use  of  aquatint  the invention of which in 1768 (sic!) was commonly attributed to Le Prince. This seems to be dated due to an emerged sheet by Charpentier from 1756. Generally the experiments were ultimately in the air here, too. So Waldow, Illustr. Encyclopädie der graph. Künste, Leipsic 1884, regarded Johann Adam Schweikard’s (1722 Nuremberg 1787) endeavors in this connection 1759 as “first still imperfect attempts in this manner”.

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niemeyer’s — where diligence is a matter of temper

Rossiya — Россия

in single maps – complete & en détail –
of the 18th & 19th centuries and further highlights

Guillaume De l’Isle (1675 Paris 1726). Mappa Imperii Moscovitici. The European Russia in colored engraving by Matthäus Seutter I (1678-1757) in Augsburg. 2 sheet. (1706.) 19¾ × 22⅞ in (50-50.1 × 58-58.2 cm).

Russia / Northern Part

With faintly browned double full-page separate local index (with privilege of 1735) from the Seutter edition of 1736. So that you know where is what . – Cartouche in black & white. – With road net. – In the lower center of the northern sheet three barely impairing old brown color strips, otherwise perfect. – With quasi third version of the Volga-Don Canal put up here for an entirely new discussion. See on this the Haas map below and generally Leo Bagrow, The Volga-Don Canal, in IMAGO MUNDI X (1953), 97 f. – See the complete description.

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L’Empire de Russie by Rigobert Bonne, 2 sheet, as Extrait de l’Atlas Russien et d’autres Cartes. Map engraving colored in outline for Lattré in Paris. 1771. 17½-18⅛ × 12⅞ in (44.5-46 × 32.7 cm).

With miles indicator for geographic miles and the Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Turkish, and French measures of distance. So that you know where to go . – See the complete description.

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Important for the Development
of Russian & Far Eastern Cartography

Johann Matthias Haas (Augsburg 1684 – Wittenberg/Augsburg 1742). Imperii Russici et Tartariae universae tabula novissima. (Map of the whole Russian empire … now enlarged with new discoveries in the year 1739 by captain Span(g)berg.) Colored engraving for Johannes Broedelet in Utrecht. 1743. 21⅜ × 24⅜ in (54.4 × 61.8 cm).

Haas, Imperii Russici et Tartariae

Early impression of extraordinary freshness

and still with fine plate dirt, especially in the far area of the up to 3.5 cm wide platemark. Furthermore with slender, only below somewhat narrow paper margin. Centerfold largely taken out.

Martin Spangberg (1698 ? – 1761) commanded one of the two Pacific divisions of Bering’s second Kamchatka expedition (Great Northern Expedition, 1733-1743) and was in charge of the exploration of a sea route to the mouth of the Amur River and further to Japan, which he reached in 1739 after he had come to the Kurile island of Urup already the year before, and had mapped 31 further islands of the archipelago during the return.

In historic-cartographic respect of special interest

the use of most recent, mostly Russian cartographic knowledge in this generally “very rare map” (Lexicon of Cartography 287) published first 1730, then 1738 (“Along with the draft of an explanation on that”) at Homann Heirs. – Of significant German interest the entry of the Volga-Don Canal highly topical in those years in both – for quasi a third one see above Seutter map – its versions then. So  also  the  plan  outlined  1697  by  Leibniz .

The only one of Broedelet’s very rare occasional maps

Koeman II, 26 mentions by name .

See the complete description.

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The Russian Empire in Europe / NW Sheet. By Frdr. Wilhelm Streit in steel engraving colored in outline. (1836.) 11⅛ × 9 in (28.4 × 22.8 cm). – Title sheet of the 4-sheet map. – The coast from Stettin , with Königsberg , the Baltic Provinces & Finland , still with Gothenburg. – Finely entered Petersburg along with the Ladoga Canal executed by Burchard Christoph von Münnich “which … should make Russia’s trade with the rest of Europe thrive … (and) immortalized (Münnich’s) name in the field of hydraulic engineering” (Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie XXIII [1886], 19 ff.). – With the postal routes. – See the complete description.

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– NE Sheet. – Still with Moscow , Kazan , the point of Kola Peninsula , Novaya Zemlya as well as the Gulf of Ob. – A very slight tidemark and little mould stains only visible on the back. – See the complete description.

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– SE Sheet. – With the Caucasus Mountains between Black Sea & Caspian Sea in the lower centerfield, otherwise with Turkish borderland, the region of the Don Cossacks , Kirgises & Turkmenes. In the NW still Tula and the Yepifanov Forest. – On the back a little foxed and a tidemark hardly visible on recto. – See the complete description.

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– SW Sheet. – In the centerfield Galicia & Ukraine . With Crimea & Sea of Azov , Budapest , Breslau , Liegnitz , Stargard , Elbing . – Faint tidemark. – See the complete description.

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– The four sheets as  above  as  COMPLETE  SET  per

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River Areas of Russia. (European part.) Synoptic table by Frdr. W. Streit. 1836. Oblong sm. fol. – See the complete description.

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The Most Imperial One
of the Three General Maps of the Early Period

Ivan Fomic Truscot(t) (Trescot) (1721-1786) and Jacob F. Schmidt. Tabula Geographica Generalis Imperii Russici. With title-cartouche with Catherine II with a map of the empire before the silhouette of Petersburg. From 3 plates, c. 1 : 7.5 mill. Colored engraving of the German edition eight years later at Tobias Conrad Lotter in Augsburg. 1784. 25¼ × 55⅛ in (64.3 × 140 cm).

Truscot + Schmidt, 3rd General Map of Russia

Russia’s 3rd General Map – by far the most imperial one formatwise – as conclusion of an epoch of only 60 years of gigantic cartographical developments . – Not in Grenacher , Guide to the cartographic history of the imperial city of Augsburg, in Imago Mundi XXII (1968), 85 ff. – Margins all round of 1.4-2.8 cm. – Left and center part almost only in the margins slightly smudgy by age. – See the complete description.

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Rare & unknown to literature

Matthäus Albrecht Lotter, Carte Géographique contenant le Royaume de Siberie

Carte Géographique
contenant le Royaume de Siberie

From 2 plates, c. 1 : 7.13 mill. Colored engraving by Matthäus Albrecht Lotter (1741 Augsburg 1810) at Tobias Conrad Lotter (1717 Augsburg 1777). Supposedly 1770/75, but not before/after 1759 and 1776/77 resp. 19½-19¾ × 42⅝ in (49.6-50.1 × 108.4 cm).

Neither  in  Tooley, nor Grenacher, Guide to the cartographic history of the imperial city of Augsburg, in I.M. XXII (1968), 85 ff., British Library and Library of Congress as the world’s greatest map collections. – Laterally trimmed on or just within the wide platemark. Upper right in the white margin numbered by old hand “121”. – Exemplarily  fine  for  Dostoyevsky’s  jubilation

“ Away from Petersburg , the European ,

back to Moscow , over to Siberia , the new Russia … ”

and for “the splendid and successful epoch of the Augsburg map production of the 18th century” (Lothar Zögner). And exceedingly rare document from the days when modern cartography opened up the Russian empire at a tremendous pace . – See the complete description.

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Tartaria sive Magnichami Imperiorum. Regional map of East Russia with the Caspian Sea as western boundary. Engraving by Matthäus Merian. 10⅝ × 13⅞ in (27 × 35.3 cm). – Thin spot on the left in the image backed. – Early impression from the 1st illustrated edition of Gottfried’s Archontologia of 1638. – See the complete description.

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“The Most Precious among all the Furs”

Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). Sable Siberian or Sarmatian Marten. / Egyptian Weasel (“supposedly the mongoose, Herpestes mungo”, Th). One each of the species, the former front center. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: MUSTELA Zibellina. MUSTELA Pharaonis. / Zobel … as above / Matre Zibeline de Siberie. Belette. / Familia IV. Fünffzæhige. / ex Collect. Ludolfii (Klein). / Ridinger. sc. 12 × 7¾ in (30.6 × 19.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1054. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING  from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

Martin Elias Ridinger, Sable Siberian or Sarmatian Marten

The sable “is the most like the pine marten among the relations of the species … The shining silken coat, which is regarded already of old as

the most precious one among all the furs ,

costs the more the more unicolored it is … Most common it is presently still on Kamchatka where the almost inaccessible mountains provide refuge. In regard of its habits it is like our pine marten” (Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XVI [1890], 948 f.). The present one of the preferred chestnut and darker color with relatively little white:

“ (S)o we have … at once represented yet a Siberian Sable, whose little skin is of great value with the Russians for its beauty, especially if it is black. Therefore they hunt for the same permanently and draw large sums of money each year from the sale of this fur good ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 6, enclosed in copy).

The attribution of the work to Johann Elias’ eldest, Martin Elias, results from the style regarded as individual – like a dot or comma between “Ridinger” and for instance “sc.” – as compared against such plates of the Animal Kingdom inscribed with his name.

With watermark C & I Honig as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 1.7-3.2 cm, below 5.4 cm wide. – Tiny brown spot showing from the back within the shrubbery.

Offer no. 15,913 / EUR  570. / export price EUR  542. (c. US$ 627.) + shipping

“Only Siberia and Russia supply Ermine Coats”

– – – Ferret. / Ermine. Two marked by asterisks, the latter in its on the upper side puce, on the underside white summer coat, including the perennial black tip of the tail. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: MUSTELA viverra Furunculus *. MUSTELA Hermellina **. / Frettichen, Frettwiesel. *. Hermelin Wiesel. **. / Le Furet. *. Armeline. **. / Familia IV. Fünffzæhige. / ex Collectione Kleinii. / Ridinger. sc. 12⅛ × 7⅞ in (30.7 × 19.9 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1052. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING  from the Colored Animal Kingdom as above. – Margins on three sides 1.3-3.4 cm, below 5.7 cm wide. – Small faint brown spot in right white lateral margin and quite scattered a little brown spot.

“ The legend that the ermine rather goes through fire than through dirt, and rather dies than soil itself, made it early the symbol of purity and innocence …

Only Siberia and Russia

supply ermine coats … Formerly the wearing of the ermine coats adorned with the black tail tips of the animal was a privilege of princes. Now they have become … a general attire ”

(Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XVI [1890], 624/I and VIII [1888], 428/II resp.). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,912 / EUR  445. / export price EUR  423. (c. US$ 489.) + shipping

John Augustus Atkinson, Russian Winter Fishery

John Augustus Atkinson (London 1775 – after 1818/33 or even 1861). Russian Winter Fishery. Three fishermen setting up the weir-baskets at the frozen bank. On the left a wind shield. Aquatint by Southerland (supposedly Thomas Sutherland, c. 1785 – after 1825) in the original coloring. Inscribed: Atkinson Del. / Published & Sold June 4th. 1813, by Edwd. Orme, Bond St London. / Southerland Sculpt., otherwise as above. 7⅛ × 9¼ in (18.2 × 23.4 cm).

Tooley 225, 10; Thieme-Becker II, 212; Nagler I, 179 f. ( “excellent English painter and draughtsman living in Russia for a long time who worked wonderful pictures” ). – From the 1819 2nd edition of FOREIGN FIELD SPORTS , Schwerdt I (1928), 177 ff.: “The coloured plates … are fine, both as regards draughtsmanship and colouring … (The book) is sure to increase in value … ”. – A tear extending just into the outer rim of the picture repaired by strengthening of the upper margin.

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Follows an expedition into the pathless …

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Reliable Partner for the Better of the Good

So then also the 9-volume Venuswagen with its 73 except for one

signed original prints , here of course in the

Stinnes Copy as the No. I/XL of the édition de luxe

in ruby red morocco along with the personal ownership specifics .

28-page photo-illustrated offer available

In the binding of the Archducal Chamber Bookbinder

My Hunting Expedition in the Year 1909

Seattle/Vancouver – Alaska – Chukchi Peninsula – Kamchatka

Gutmann, Rudolf Ritter von. (My Hunting Expedition in the Year 1909). Vienna, author’s edition printed as manuscript, 1912. 4to (12⅝ × 9⅞ × 1¾ in [32 × 25 × 4.5 cm]). 2 unpag. leaves title & dedication, 30 pp. With

route map & 87 heliogravures on mounted China

of varying size as separate plate each from the author’s on-the-spot photographs. Heavy hunt-green orig. half morocco on 5 ribs with the back leather reaching especially far into the color marbled boards & equally opulent leather corners as well as back-plate, ornamented full back gilt tooling & gilt lines on the boards, color marbled fly-leaves, hunt-green silk bookmark ribbon & gilt edges by “Ferdinand Bakala, (Archducal Chamber Supplier Vienna), IV. Belvederegasse 21.” with his gilt armorial inscription in the upper inner board lower left. – In German . – No  copy  at  the  1993  Gutmann  Sale !

No. 47/50 copies of the expedition report, “Dedicated to my mother in faithfulness”, of one of the top magnates of the k.k. monarchy of his time, whose unparalleled most comprehensively laid out collection of Ridinger prints established, owing to the noble 2-volume catalog of the collection written by Ignaz Schwarz – the baron’s once personal copy no. I of the but two Roman numbered of moreover in total just 202 available here – his fame as art collector permanently, even though constituting merely a part of his universal interests in art.

Present document numbered in printing of his otherwise hunting passion here then present as

presentation copy

Rudolf Ritter von Gutmann, Hunting Expedition in the Year 1909

with autograph 7-line dedication

with the stable smell of course reminding of the “Ringstraßen architect” Heinrich von Ferstel (1828-1883) as the father, the, together with Hansen and Schmidt, “creator of modern Vienna” (Catholic Encyclopedia) with the Ferstel Palace at the Herrengasse as the city’s most modern building of the period of promoterism as crown jewel, though originating in the Abensperg-Traun Palace of 1651 with on its part once the first water pipe in a private building in Vienna.

Son Carl married Amelie Hartmann – daughter of the married Vienna court actor couple Ernst Hartmann and Helene Schneeberger – , whose sister Emelie had been married with Max von Gutmann, Rudolf’s stepbrother, but Rudolf himself with Heinrich’s granddaughter Marianne.

With a company of five Baron Gutmann left Europe June 15, 1909 on the Lloyd steamer Kaiser Wilhelm II to reach, after short stays in New York , Chicago and the Yellowstone Park, Seattle on July 6 and by this the Norwegian steamer “Transit” chartered for the purpose of the hunting expedition

“ at the coasts of Kamchatka , North Siberia and Alaska ”

which they boarded on the eighth.

“ We sailed towards happy free hunting …

I felt the whole fascination which lies in renouncing civilization , to employ in the wild country the own strength , the own will , to enjoy the new , to expect the unexpected , in the heart the wish

to bag the mightiest animals of the polar country . ”

After initial big hunting luck on Bald Eagles at Juneau, the mightiest of which impressing by a span of 2.27 m, the walruses at Nome were on the wish list.

“ In Nome we chartered a wooden schooner as our iron steamer could not have withstood the pressure of the ice … With regard to the advanced season we had to search for the walruses … in the polar ice and sail the frequently tempestuous Bering Strait. ”

July 22 they sighted the East Cap, the most eastern point of the old world. And Diana travelled with them.

“ During the day we stayed with these Chukchis in their village. Then the storm had driven away the clouds and the sun drove away the storm. The most splendid night, transformed to day by the midnight sun, leads us across the polar circle … Now dark masses appear … and a muffled roar becomes audible. After barely two days of searching we had found the walruses! ”

With respect to bears at the Anadyr River & Cape Navarin as the most northern coastal settlements of Eastern Siberia just as at the Baron Korff Bay at the coast of Kamchatka they had been taken in. With the latter’s capital, Petropavlovsk,

Rudolf Ritter von Gutmann, Hunting Expedition 1909 / Petropavlovsk

At Petropavlovsk

then also the turning point was reached and via north of the Aleutian Islands they returned to the southern coast of Alaska.

It was a journey into regions whose game – so for instance a herd of moose or “Now the walruses recognized their enemy” – partly obviously never had sighted a human before, it was a hunting in jungles. Searched and experienced just in time before Kamchatka disappeared for decades as additionally military barred zone behind the Iron Curtain. “Not even presidents of other socialist countries were allowed by the government in Moscow to hunt there” (Horst Rademacher, [Volcanoes in Russia’s Wild East], in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of December 28, 1995). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,305 / price on application

Ridinger — Purveyor to the Czarina


Elizaveta Petrovna ,

Peter the Great’s daughter , ascends to the czar throne


In Petersburg the Atlas Russicus is published ,

the general map of which is dedicated to the czarina


In Berlin the Prussian Maritime Atlas is published ,

the author of which had worked for 16 years in Petersburg

And right in the midst of this period



Shipment of several paintings to the Petersburg Court


Petersburg follow-up order for further paintings

And the master moans and writes June 29, 1748

to the German Pope of Art in Paris, Wille :

“ If the great heap of my works had not inhibited me … although I am even more burdened as I work on 4 tableau … for the Russian court … Have never ever thought I would take up the brush once more again yet since 2 years ago I have sent a couple squares to this court so therefore I have been approached about that so that I could not evade to accept it ”

(Décultot, Espagne & Werner [ed.], Joh. Gg. Wille, [Correspondence], Tübingen 1999, pages 76 f.).

What he , just 50 years old , could afford !

And so he then remained

“ one of the few German Baroque artists … who since his death 220 years ago never fell into oblivion , whose animal and hunt depictions are highly coveted by collectors till today , highly priced by dealers … ”

(Rolf Biedermann, Master Drawings of German Baroque, Augsburg 1987, page 338).

Presently still four paintings in the Hermitage in Petersburg

The Hermitage Catalogue of Western European Painting XIV (1987), 284-287 –

286/87 of which after unrestricted still in the catalogs of 1958 & 1981 as now probably by Carl Ruthart put up for discussion as here considered unjustly.

His Finest Paintings … In the Hermitage !

Peter the Great in West Europe. The Great Legation 1697-1698. Catalog of the (extended) 18-week exhibition “Treasures from the Kremlin – Peter the Great in West Europe” in the Übersee-Museum Bremen 1991. 162 items. Ed. by Wolfgang Griep & Frauke Krahé. 1991. Sm. 4to. 192 pp. With countless, several colored, illustrations. Orig. boards with color ills. on both sides. – In German.

Offer no. 14,508 / EUR  23. (c. US$ 27.) + shipping

“ Brought from Siberia to Dresden alive ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Glutton , Raccoon. In bright winter scenery standing on the left the wolverine / glutton / skunk bear of the family of the martens, scenting to the right, vis-à-vis sitting raccoon. Colored etching/engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: GULO. / Raton aminal (sic!) Americanum. / Vielfraß, / Raton / Le Glouton, / Raton americain, / Familia. IV. Fünffzähig. / M. El. Ridinger. fec. 12¼ × 8⅜ in (31.1 × 21.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1083. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING  from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

Ridinger, Glutton/Raccoon

“ (The glutton) is to be found in the wildernesses in Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Courland, and Lapland, also in the regions of Asia and America towards the northern sea …

For its fine gloss the fur

is held in very high esteem and almost equal to the sables ,

even though it has somewhat harder hairs …

One has brought one from Siberia to Dresden alive ,

which has eaten up 13. pounds meat in one day and yet still remained hungry. Of this we have received the drawing from Dresden ourselves and therefore are able to

provide this illustration from nature herself ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II in German and French, pp. 14 and 12 resp., enclosed in copy). – Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms + C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 1.8-2.8 cm, below 5 cm wide. – Faint tidemark left/center of the lower white plate/paper field. An original fine box pleat center left of the white paper margin extending to the edge of the subject. The right edge of the sheet in the upper half minimally fissured.

Offer no. 15,930 / EUR  470. / export price EUR  447. (c. US$ 517.) + shipping

Rossiya — A Russian Hercules

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). The Bruiser, C. Churchill … in the Character of a Russian Hercules. The writer Churchill whose “Epistle to Hogarth” had provoked the master in the character of a strong bear, hugging a tankard full of porter as seemingly his sole diet, licking at the fresh brand head. In his left a knotted club referring to contemporary policy. The rest done by Hogarth’s favorite dog Trump trampling the epistle which he treats contemptuously in a manner not natural to the canine species. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). Inscribed: Designed by W. Hogarth. / Engraved by T. Cook. / London Published by G. G. & J. Robinson Paternoster Row June 1st. 1800. 14⅞ × 11⅜ in (37.8 × 28.9 cm).


William Hogarth, The Bruiser, C. Churchill

where the growth rates foam

Hogarth Catalogue of the Tate Gallery, 1971/72, 220 (2nd H. state before the superposition of the palette by the print illustration, so the Cook version here, too) & Hogarth catalogue Zurich, 1983, 91 (7th state with the superposition), both with illustration.

Rarer  sujet  made in the rush (August 1763) for which the self-portrait of 1749 had to serve, of which he right away substituted his own head by that of Churchill. Several he added, the titles of the folio volumes – the third volume without title here, too – were adapted: Great George Street A List of the Subscribers to the North Britons & A New way to Pay old Debts, a comedy by Massenger. Also The Line of Beauty fell victim to grinding in face of such a stout, lusty, and rough person as Churchill is described. The print illustration now superpositioning the palette no more taken over by Cook than the caption.

Cook “made his mark as Hogarth engraver, too, whose complete work he has engraved in copy” (Thieme-Becker) and whose original format he maintained contrary to all later Hogarth editions in the present first, earlier edition. For some sheets not published by Hogarth himself Cook became their first engraver, just as he also gained approval of a contemporary connoisseur as Maximilian Speck von Sternburg.

Excellent print of fine chiaroscuro

on solid paper. The presentation itself by the way – contrary to all other later Hogarth editions – in its original folio size. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 7,500 / EUR  496. / export price EUR  471. (c. US$ 544.) + shipping

Rossiya — where even the foam has substance

Mother Russia’s Most Precious Giving

Alexander Wilbrecht, St. Petersburg

for His Rides into the Petersburgian


Monument of a Genius

Alexander Wilbrecht’s Reverence

and in its Russian Version

a Rarissimum of Russian Cartography


Alexander Wilbrecht

1757 Petersburg 1823

Karta Okrujnosti St. Peterburga

Alexander Wilbrecht, St. Petersburg

Александр Вилъбрехт . Καρτα Οκρυжности Єτ. Πετερбүрга

Environs map of Petersburg c. 1 : 190,000 in engraving by G. Kharitonov (cartouche) & Alexei Savinkov on white leather. (Saint Petersburg, The Geographic Dpt. of the Cabinet of Her Imperial Majesty, the Mining Academy’s School of Engineering, 1796/1800 [?].) Inscribed: Соч Ал. Вилъбрехт (followed by ?) / Гравировали Г. Карitоnоев и Ал. Савинкоев (Composed by Al. Wilbrecht / Engraved by G. Kharitonov & Al. Savinkov). 18⅜ × 22⅝ in (46.6 × 57.5 cm).

Rarissimum of Russian cartography

and as Wilbrecht’s maps in general

of paramount rarity .

Imperial geographer, head of the above Geographic Department and master at the Mining Academy’s School of Engineering, cartographer, mathematician, and astronomer, his name is quoted also in connection with general atlases, as for instance the Russian New Atlas or collection of maps of all parts of the globe, Petersburg 1793 (Phillips 679), but still up to the 1960s his name was missing in cartographic standard indices and also Tooley’s Dictionary (1979) results in no more than the simple mention of the 1792 French version of

present one worked as separate map ,

the 1787 one of Cook’s Pacific discoveries, and the 1792 original edition of the Rossiiskoi atlas reflecting the administrative reforms of 1775, a second edition of which was published 1800. In respect of Petersburg both editions contain correspondingly only the map of its province (1 : 760,000), not the one of the closer environs worked contemporarily in a far larger scale of 1 : 190,000, which is

worked exceedingly instructive

down to water & road network , with

Alexander Wilbrecht, St. Petersburg (Detail)

the highways expressly named ,

as for instance that to Moscow. And provides a downright incredible plenty of details of the urban conditions about the mid-1790s (?). So the map department of the Russian National Library in respect of their paper copy (K 1-3an 2/226) of its undated Russian edition – as the leather copy here, too – presumably dated too late as 1796-1800. And continuing

“ Such combination of topographic and hydrographic features allows to regard this map as a positive and important concluding result of activities of capital cartographer and hydrographer over the period of the whole eighteenth century. ”

Not mentioned in the description, however, the French version Carte des environs de St. Petersbourg dated 1792, recorded by Tooley and researched here in a copy in Florence, which, as likewise not in the Russian version, is additionally inscribed lower left Comp. par Wilbrecht en 1790.

Regarding the thought dating of the Russian version of the map it may be providently noted that Catherine II, on whom as czarina above cabinet edition is based, had passed away already in 1796 (Nov. 17) and subsequently only czars ruled.

Standing out among the canals the Ladoga Canal begun under Peter 1719 and since 1721 built by the appointed hydraulic engineer-general and lieutenant-general, Burchard Christoph von Münnich (Neuenhuntorf/Oldenburg 1683 – St. Petersburg 1767; Catherine the Great: “Even though Münnich is not a son, so he still is a father of the Russian Empire” & Frederick the Great: “Le Comte de Münnich était … le Prince Eugène de Moscovites”; the 4-plate map of this martial gloire in 2003 traded here into private Westphalian map collection). Finished 1732 the canal “should make Russia’s trade with the rest of Europe flourish … (and) has immortalized (Münnich’s) name in the department of hydraulic engineering” (ADB XXIII [1886], 19 ff.). Recorded of course also the dams accompanying the water.

Of practically impeccable condition with uniformly fine margins around outer border line and inscriptions in the lower margin. Margins and border line a little stained here and there. A small original pleat affecting the edge of the cartouche. Left of the latter and in its full height a faint fold. Apart from that the marks of triple folding as a sign of actual occasional use outside (illegible back stamping without any trace in Lugt). As then also Wawrik, Austria picta, writes on occasion of a silk copy of Briffault’s map of the Italian theater of war:

“ … served – so in a (publisher’s) catalog of Briffault’s – , ‘pour la commodité des Officiers’, for folded they found place in any little coat-pocket. ”

Offer no. 15,727 / price on application

Mother Russia’s Rossiya Halali with …

Fjodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot in


Fore-edge Painting Binding

Dostoyevsky, F(yodor) M(ikhaylovich). (The Idiot.) Novel. From the Russian into the German by E. K. Rahsin (= Elisabeth Kaerrick [Pernau, Livonia, 1886 – Munich 1966]). 19th/20th thousand. Munich, R. Piper & Co., 1920. 7⅝ × 4⅞ in (19.5 × 12.3 cm). XVIII, 1182 pp.

Ruby red crushed half morocco
with fascinatingly iridescent covers
of polychromatically marbled silver paper ,
blind fillet on cover , gilt back title
with gilt fillets , 7 gilt head leading edge fillets
as transition to gilt edges goffered at head & tail ,
at the fore , however , painted under the gilt
– Fore-edge Painting –
in wood veneer case
with ruby red morocco edges at the slide-in
( R. Meuter )

Aglaja Fore-edge Painting (Fjodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot)

India paper edition of the “second of the five great epic novels Dostoyevsky (Moscow 1821 – Petersburg 1880) has written, started in Geneva late 1867 and finished in Milan late 1868. The work thus ranks in the chronological sequence in intervals of about two years each between ‘Rodion Raskolnikov’ (Crime and Punishment) and the ‘Demons’” (Rahsin). With


as one of the female leading characters and in such a manner motif of the fore-edge painting :

The beautiful red-headed Aglaya in Petersburg costume

– loose skirt patterned blue-red-green , laced shoes with bow , in the hair green pearls , malachite necklace –

in full length with her hands folded coquettishly at her back

at the Petersburg Fontanka Canal

with line of houses on the other bank, behind which the onion domes of churches rise on both sides, the right of which reminding of the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

Invisible in closed state the image shows when fanning out the body of the book, here as one-image version to both sides, executed on the fore edge, whose subsequent gilding is “particularly difficult” (Löffler-Kirchner) due to its curve.

Occurring also double painting dependent on the side, while with triple painting one image is already visible in closed state. Generally such

unique edge decoration

– originally symbolic signs, later especially heraldic – dates back into the 10th century, to be extended to motifs of any kind by about the middle of the 18th century. The execution invisible in closed state, as here, dates back to 1649, the first dated example for this 1653 on a bible of 1651. The gilt edge on its part based on the Italian Renaissance bindings of the 15th century.

Here then one of these rare bibliophile treasures

in an example of our time . Marvelously pronounced related to the content on a piece of world literature , whose “ heroes … (are) pioneers of a new world : Dostoyevsky’s novel is the myth of the new man and his

birth from the fold of the Russian soul ”

(Stefan Zweig, Dostojewski, in Baumeister der Welt, Frankfort/Main, 1966, page 99).

as Mother Russia’s fold. Born indeed from a different vastness , a different pretension as already noted at the outset . And on the part of Dostoyevsky himself anyway. For – from Zweig ibidem –

“ Everywhere and in everything ,

my whole life long I have crossed the border ”

Offer no. 15,688 / EUR  1700. / export price EUR  1615. (c. US$ 1867.) + shipping


Mother Russia’s

Beautiful Daughter

Filled with the Pleasure

to give Pleasure .

niemeyer’s — where the unusual is at home

„ … wieder eine große Freude, Post von Ihnen zu erhalten und in eine Lektüre eintauchen zu können, die sich so wohltuend von dem journalistischen Einheitsbrei der täglichen Presse unterscheidet “

(Herr T. L., 9. Januar 2011)