Early Printed Books

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Last updated: July 2013

Early Printed Books — is a collection of books printed before 1830 stocked in RSL. It embraces electronic copies and facsimile editions of most prominent books of high cultural, scientific and historical significance.

The collection currently features books printed in early Slavonic printing houses in Poland, Montenegro, Walachia, Venice and Prague, including the Ochtoekos (Book of Eight Tones) printed by Schweipolt Fiol in Krakow. There is also a range of the 18th century editions printed by Moskovsky Pechatny Dvor (Moscow Printing House).

A full and comprehensible range of most significant 18th century legislative and state documents and descriptive works includes: 

  • Manifests, acts, statutes, tariffs adopted during the reign of Czar Peter I, Czarina Anna (Anna Ioannovna), Elisabeth (Elisaveta Petrovna) and Catherine II.
  • Statistics records, geographic and topographic descriptions of regions, provinces and towns (compiled by I. Lepekhin, P. Pallas, P. Rychkov). 
  • First editions of most significant records and studies in Russian history and culture: annals, treaties, books of heraldry, ’Early History of Russia’ by M. Lomonosov, ’History of Russia from the earliest times’ by V. Tatischev, ’History of Russia from early times’ by M. Scherbatov, the Dictionary of writers by N. Novikov and other rarities.

Recent Acquisitions

Васильев, И. В. Фемида, или Начертание прав, преимуществ и обязанностей женского пола в России на основании существующих законов / Соч. Илариона Васильева. — Москва: Унив. тип., 1827.

Vasiliev, I. V., Femida or Inscription rights, benefits and responsibilities of women in Russia on the basis of existing laws / Op. Hilarion Vassiliev. Moscow: Univ. type., 1827. — 96., 1 l.. ill.; 13 sm

The book is one of the first experiments in Russian publishing of the collection of legislative materials on women’s rights. Lawyer and the teacher of Russian jurisprudence at Moscow State University, Ilarion Vasilyevich Vasilyev preceded his work by saying — 'But who does not agree that the knowledge of one’s rights and responsibilities is a necessity and a pleasure! Let’s remember the orders of the Kings- legislators themselves, that no member of the state, women included, can excuse ignorance of local laws'.