Moscow and St. Petersburg: v Tipografii S. Selivanovskogo; N. Grech, 1825. Octavos (21 × 13.5 cm). Contemporary mottled calf with gilt borders, spine blind-stamped and with red label; marbled endpapers; LXVII, , 811,  and 17 pp. Front hinge starting; boards with light wear and soil; internally very good or better.
First edition, along with the separately issued leaves of plates and the first (of two) separate supplements, of this description of the famous collection of Russian and Slavonic manuscripts of Fedor Tolstoy (1758–1849), compiled by his librarian, Pavel M. Stroev (1796–1876), and the scholar Konstantin Kalaidovich (1792–1832). Tolstoy’s celebrated library was particularly strong
in manuscripts of the eleventh through seventeenth centuries, early printing in the West, as well as early calendars. The bulk of the collection is today housed at the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The first supplement to the description lists recent acquisitions by Tolstoy; the “Paleographical Charts of Scripts of the XI to XVIII Century” lithographically reproduce twelve samples from the collection on five folding leaves, partly in color. Scarce in the trade, especially with the charts and first supplement; no auction records traced in the West. In North America, KVK, OCLC only appear to show the copy at Harvard.
Book ID: P4992