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Peter the Great and the Great Northern War. Prince Mikhail Shcherbatov, editor. Zhurnal ili Podennaia zapiska, blazhennyia i vechnodostoinyia pamiati gosudaria imperatora Petra Velikago s 1698 goda, dazhe do zakliucheniia Neishtatskago mira [The Journal or Daily Notes of Emperor Peter the Great, from the year 1698 through the conclusion of the Nystad Peace, parts one and two]. St. Petersburg: pri Imperatorskoi Akademii Nauk, 1770-1772. Small quartos (24.6 × 18.3 cm). Later polished calf with spine in six compartments and gilt titles; marbled endpapers; red edges; 460 and 438, a-e, 460 pp. (lacking pp. 461-763). Decorative initials, headpieces, and etched allegorical vignette with a small portrait of Peter, signed C. M. Rothe, in both volumes. Private stamp to titles verso; occasional foxing and light moisture stains to lower margin; first five leaves of volume II with paper repairs, not affecting text; an attractive and unusually complete set. 4.800,00 EUR
First edition of the military and diplomatic campaign journals by Peter the Great, his lieutenants, and secretaries, which document the Russian war with Sweden and the legal and military development of the Russian Empire. They were to serve as the basis for any authoritative history of Petrine Russia and were compiled and edited by Peter himself, with the help of Aleksey Makarov and Petr Shapirov, but published at Catherine the Great`s behest after Peter`s death. She tasked the conservative statesman, writer, and thinker, Prince Mikhail Shcherbatov (1733-1790) with editing the work. Peter was highly invested in leaving detailed documentation on the Great Northern War (1700-1721), which led to Sweden`s defeat in the Baltic and established the Russian Empire as a major European political and military power. The journal describes in detail Peter`s strategy, the movement of troops, and the course of battles. It lists military equipment, details material losses, and provides lists of wounded and imprisoned soldiers and generals. Especially noteable is the lengthy description of the signing of the Treaty of Nystad and the ensuing celebrations, replete with fireworks and festive banquets. The Journal is supplemented with numerous documents taken from Peter`s Cabinet Archive and other state repositories. Among them are declarations on the unsuccessful 1710-1711 campaign against Ottoman forces, the account of Peter`s travels through Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and France in 1717, and Peter`s Manifesto about those responsible for the continuing war (1719). Most copies lack the second volume, which was published two years after the first; others have only the first part of volume two (up to p. 191). Our copy lacks only a part of the supplements and edicts. Still scarce in such a state of completion, with almost no auction records both in Russia and abroad. In 2007, the Mollo-Stroganov copy (containing volume 1 only) sold for 3000 GBP. One of 1200 copies. Bitovt 1683. Svodnyi katalog 2282. Sopikov 4096.
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