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[Collins, Samuel]
THE PRESENT STATE OF RUSSIA, IN A LETTER TO A FRIEND AT LONDON, WRITTEN BY AN EMINENT PERSON RESIDING AT THE GREAT TZARS COURT AT MOSCO FOR THE SPACE OF NINE YEARS. LONDON: JOHN WINTER FOR DORMAN NEWMAN, 1671
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171
[Collins, Samuel]
THE PRESENT STATE OF RUSSIA, IN A LETTER TO A FRIEND AT LONDON, WRITTEN BY AN EMINENT PERSON RESIDING AT THE GREAT TZARS COURT AT MOSCO FOR THE SPACE OF NINE YEARS. LONDON: JOHN WINTER FOR DORMAN NEWMAN, 1671
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 2,750 GBP
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[Collins, Samuel]
THE PRESENT STATE OF RUSSIA, IN A LETTER TO A FRIEND AT LONDON, WRITTEN BY AN EMINENT PERSON RESIDING AT THE GREAT TZARS COURT AT MOSCO FOR THE SPACE OF NINE YEARS. LONDON: JOHN WINTER FOR DORMAN NEWMAN, 1671
8vo (157 x 90mm.), engraved frontispiece portrait of Alexis Mikhailovich, 6 engraved plate, 4 leaves of advertisements at end, contemporary calf, gilt fillet border, paper flaw on D4 affecting signature, small rust hole in H3, occasional light staining, rebacked, corners repaired
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Provenance

Jules Legras, bookplate

Literature

Cross, In the Lands of the Romanovs A6; Wing C5385

Catalogue Note

Collins (c. 1619-1670) was employed as physician to Tsar Alexis. The work comprises letters sent from Russia (to Robert Boyle?) with topics ranging from the language of Russia to Beluga caviar and mushrooms; however, it is opined that "this book... suffered in part from the improbable anecdotes inserted for the entertainment of the reader, probably by the editors of the book" (ODNB).

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