The Great All-Russian Exhibition of 1882

From upper cover: Vserossiiskaia Promyshlenno-Khudozhestvennaia Vystavka 1882 g. v Moskve [The All-Russian Exhibition of Industry and the Arts, Moscow, 1882].

97 phototype plates after photographs (all 330 x 430 mm.), each with the orig. blind-stamp of “HW.” Oblong folio binding of orig. blue cloth, with three flaps (a little worn), upper cover lettered in gilt. Moscow: each plate with the legend of the photographic company: Scherer, Nabholz & Co., ca. 1882.

A very rare photographic record of the 1882 All-Russian Industrial and Art Exhibition, the 15th and penultimate such fair held in 19th-century Russia. The first fair took place in Saint Petersburg in 1829.

The fine plates depict the various magnificent buildings that comprised the fairgrounds, the train station, and the elaborate exhibitions of cannons and other weapons, farm equipment, minerals, mining equipment, textiles, firetrucks, iron and steel products, elaborate home furnishings, pianos, distilled liquors and distillation equipment, etc., etc.

The plates were produced by Scherer, Nabholz & Co., a firm of Swiss photographers that moved to Moscow in the late 1850s. They had an active and successful studio until the Revolution, producing everything from large salt prints of buildings and landscapes to portraits of notable Russians to photomechanical images and postcards.

In fine condition.

Price: $4,750.00

Item ID: 6929

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