Catalogue des Cartes Géographiques, Topographiques & Marines, de la Bibliothèque du Prince Alexandre Labanoff de Rostoff, a Saint-Pétersbourg. Suivi d’une Notice de Manuscrits. Prince Aleksandr Iakovievich LOBANOV-ROSTOVSKII.

One of the Greatest Cartographical Collections

Catalogue des Cartes Géographiques, Topographiques & Marines, de la Bibliothèque du Prince Alexandre Labanoff de Rostoff, a Saint-Pétersbourg. Suivi d’une Notice de Manuscrits.

2 p.l., viii, 494 pp., 1 leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. pebbled red goatskin in the Jansenist style (minor rubbing), a.e.g. Paris: [Privately Printed by] Firmin-Didot, 1823.

Limited to 230 copies, privately printed; one of the earliest Russian private library catalogues, written by the owner himself with the aid of Charles Piquet, the Parisian bookseller and the chief source for the Prince’s collection.

This catalogue is notable as being one of the earliest specialized private collection catalogues of atlases and maps. Lobanov-Rostovskii’s magnificent collection consisted of maps, globes, atlases, printed works on geography, cartographical incunabula (including the Ptolemys of 1475, 1478, 1482, 1486, and 1490, etc.), and related early MSS. 2269 items.

Lobanov-Rostovskii (1788-1866), Russian diplomat and soldier, formed one of the richest private libraries ever collected in Russia. He left it to the Russian state.

Very good copy and scarce. Stamp on half-title of Louis-Charles, duc de Nemours (1814-96). Bookplate of F.E. Lauber.

❧ Brunet, III, 706.

Price: $2,250.00

Item ID: 5819