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

Уложение. — Москва: Печатный двор, 29 янв. 1649.

Ulozhenie (Code). — Moscow: Pechatny Dvor, Jan 29, 1649. — [339] p. — 2º (30 cm).

The first edition of the ’Council Code’ (’Sobornoye Ulozheniye’) of 1648—1649 by the Czar Alexander Michailovich — the Code of Russia adopted by Assembly of the Land in 1648—1649. Since then the term of ’Ulozheniye’ has been constantly used and retained by the Russian codifications up to the October Revolution (1917). ’Ulozheniye’ is an ancient synonim for ’code’, designating not only a systemic compilation of law articles (corpus), but a description of Russian legal system as a whole.