Auction Date: 4/11/2021 at 10am
Russia - Secret Memoirs of The Court of Petersburg by Charles Masson 1800 subtitled "Particularly towards the end of the Reign of Catharine II and the commencement of that of Paul I forming a Description of the Manners of Petersburg at the Close of the Eighteenth Century; and Containing Various Anecdotes, Collected During a Residence of Ten Years in that Capital. Together with Remarks on The Education of the Grand-Dukes, the Manners of the Ladies". Translated from the French. In two volumes. London 1800. The contents of both volumes are complete, meeting collation: viii, 357, ; , 219, pp, including 2 final leaves of publishers advertisements. Two volumes bound together in modern brown buckram, spine gilt lettered and ruled, all page edges marbled, size 5¼" x 8½". (This is first English edition of Charles Francois Philibert Masson's anonymously written 'Secret Memoirs of the Court of Petersburg...', printed in London, 1800. First printed in French the same year. Masson had been a French member of the Russian court, and to their displeasure revealed many of their salacious secrets in this work).