Paris, Amyot, 1843.
4 volumes 8vo [207 x 129 mm], I/ (2) ff., xxxi pp., 354 pp. ; II/ (2) ff., 416 pp., III/ (2) ff., 470 pp. ; IV/ (2) ff., 544 pp., 1 folding table. Bound in contemporary blue half-calf, decorated flat spines, mottled edges.
First edition of Custine’s most sought after work, his masterpiece. Vicaire, Manuel de l’amateur, 1090 ; Clouzot 80.
The present text is Custine’s most famous work. He wrote it in the form of letters on his return from Russia, probably in 1840.
Custine had left to Russia in order to defend the comte Ignace Gurowski in St Petersburg.
A beautiful copy, without any foxing, preserved in its contemporary blue half-calf bindings.