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The life of Catharine the Great

[CASTÉRA, Jean Henri].
Het leven van Catharina II, keizerin van Rusland.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1798. 8vo. 3 volumes. With 6 engraved portraits by Reinier Vinkeles. Contemporary marbled boards.
€ 1,250
First Dutch translation of this life of Catharine the Great, first published in French in 1797 as La vie de Cathérine II. The work includes some remarks on Billings's expedition in the North Pacific, Diderot's stay at the Russian court, Catharine's purchase of the libraries of Voltaire and D'Alembert, etc. The portraits depict Catharine the Great, Peter the Great, Potemkin, Orloff, Poniatowsky (King of Poland) and Petrowitz. Some leaves loosening; without free endpapers. Very good set.
V. Gestel - Van het Schip, Maps in books of Russia and Poland 42; Muller, Bibl. Neerlando-Russe 72; STCN (4 copies).
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