Russian dress and manners

Breton (De La Martiniere, Jean Baptiste Joseph). La Russie, ou moeurs, usages, et costumes des habitans de toutes les provinces de cet empire.

Paris, Nepveu, 1813.

6 vols. 12mo. With 111 black and white mostly engraved plates (4 folding facing title-pages of vols. 1-4, 107 full-page). Contemporary half calf, gilt spine, uniformly bound.


Original edition of Breton de la Martinière's picturesque representations of the dress 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' (instructions to the binder where to insert the plates) in volume 1.


Brunet I, 1226 (VI, 27736). Colas 436. Hiler 113. Lipperheide 1350 (Kaa 29).

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