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

Бецкой, И. И. Учреждения и уставы касающиеся до воспитания и обучения в России юношества обоего пола: Во удовольствие общества собраны: И новым тиснением изданы.

Betskoi, I. I. Institutions and regulations relating to the education and training of the youth of both sexes in Russia : Are collected for the use of society : And published with a new embossement. — St. Petersburg: [Type. Suhoput. cad. Building]. — T. 1. — 1774. — [4] 203, [2], 44., Front., 4 liters. ill.

The book 'the institutions and regulations...' is the presentation of the project materials on teaching reform of Russian youth by Ivan Ivanovich Betskoi. A special role in it was assigned to the establishment of Orphanage and 'low-middle class' schools. This is due to the idea of a purposeful creation in Russia of a 'third rank', consisting of educated people, which prevailed at that time in the echelons of power The most important documents of the reform have been translated into French and published 'for the attention of European society'.