Early Printed Books

Stock: 8783 items
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

Люде, Яков фон. Изображение мундиров российско-императорскаго войска, состоящих из 88 лиц илюминованных. — В Санкт-Петербурге: [тип. Сухопутн. кад. корпуса], 1793.

Lude, Jakob von. Representation of uniform coats of the Russian Imperial forces, as shown by images of 88 people, illuminated. — St Petersburg: [Print-house of the Ground Forces Cadet Corps], 1793. — 11 p., [1] front s., 88 s. ill. — 8º (22 sm).

The album was compiled by Jakob von Lude, lieutenant of the Ranger Corps in Finland. There are 88 engraved images of military service people from general field-marshal to kossak, all wearing the Russian army and navy uniforms adopted late during the reign of Catherine the Second.

The images are engraved by C. G. G. Geisler (1770—1844), a German artist who lived and worked in Russia in 1790—1798, and hand-painted in watercolours.