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

Лисянский, Ю. Ф. Путешествие вокруг света в 1803. 4. 5. и 1806 годах ... Санктпетербург: В типографии Ф. Дрехслера, 1812. — 8°.

Lisyansky, Y. F. Journey around the world in 1803, 4, 5, and 1806, respectively, by the command of his Imperial Majesty Alexander I, on the ship 'Neva’, under the command of Navy lieutenant commander, now captain of the 1 st rank and decoration holderYuri Lisyansky. — St. Petersburg: Publishing house F. Drechsler, 1812. — 8°.

In 1809 Yyri Fyodorovich Lisyansky retired with the rank of Captain and began organizing his travel records, which he published in 1812 under the title 'Around the World in 1803, 4, 5. and 1806...' (the book was publicly funded by the Cabinet of His Imperial Majesty). Then Yuri Fyodorovich translated his work into English and published it in London in 1814. In the book by Yuri Lisiansky there is the first description of one of the Hawaiian Islands discovered by the explorer, and the astronomical observations, set coordinates of harbors and islands, made by the navigator.