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

Миллер, Герард Фридрих (1705—1783) — Описание Сибирскаго царства и всех произшедших в нем дел: От начала, а особливо от покорения его Российской державе по сии времена

Miller, Gerhard Friedrich (1705—1783) — The Description of the Siberian Kingdom and all the events that took place there : From the beginning and especially from its conquest by the Russian Empire to these days / Composed by Gerard Frederick Miller, the historian and professor at the University Academy of Sciences. — St. Petersburg: At the Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1750. — 4°.

Gerhard Friedrich Miller (Fedor Ivanovich), a native of Westphalia, was educated at the University of Leipzig. In 1725 on an invitation of I. P. Koll he arrived in St. Petersburg as a student of the Academic University. In 1730 he received the title of professor of history, in 1732 he published the first research program of integrated studies of history and geography of Russia, designed to last thirty years — 'The announced Suggestions of Russia’s history improvement...'

Miller’s work 'The Description of the Siberian Kingdom' signified an era in the development of Russia’s historical science and provided the impetus for other regional studies on the history of Siberia. The book thus far remains a scientific value.