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BIENENSTAMM, Herbord Carl Friedrich (1778-1840)
Neue geographisch-statistische Beschreibung des kaiserlich-russisches Gouvernements Kurland, oder der ehemaligen Herzogthümer Kurland und Semgallen, mit dem Stifte Pilten [New Geographical Statistical Description of the Russian Imperial Governorate of Courland, former Duchy of Courland and Semigallia].

Mitau und Leipzig: G.A. Revher, 1841. First edition. Octavo. Viii, 183 pp. With three folding hand coloured engraved plans and large folding hand coloured engraved map of Courland. Period paper wrappers. Period ink inscription on the front wrapper "Bienenstamm. Kurland", armorial book plate of count Sergey Stroganov on the inner side of the front wrapper. Library stamps on the title page and in text, spine with a crack splitting the book in two parts, but overall a very good copy. Herbord Carl Friedrich Bienestamm was a German georgrapher and farmer, graduated from the Göttingen University. He lived in Riga since 1824, edited "Nichtpolitische Zeitung für Deutche Rußland" (1830-33) and "Rigasche Stadtblätter" (1828-30). Bienestamm also authored "Geographischer Abriß der drei deutschen Ostsee-Provinzen Rußlands" (1826) and "Kleine Schul-Geographie von Ehst-, Liv- und Kurland" (1826) (Baltisches Biographisches Lexicon digital). The book is supplemented with beautiful hand colored copper engraved plans of Mitau (Jelgava), Libau (Liepaja) and Windau (Ventspils), and large hand coloured copper engraved map of the Courland Governorate. Our copy has the armorial bookplate of prominent Russian statesman, patron of arts, archaeologist, collector and bibliophile count Sergey Grigorievich Stroganov (1794-1882). In 1825 he founded in Moscow famous Stroganov School for Technical Drawing (now Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts). Stroganov was one of the founders of the Imperial Archaeological Commission, president of the Moscow Society of Naturalists, honorary member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences and Russian Historical Society. His extensive library included books on history, arts, archaeology and numismatics in Russian and foreign languages, manuscripts. In 1929 nationalized collections of the Stroganov family were distributed between the Hermitage, Russian Museum, Leningrad Public Library, Soviet Academy of Sciences, Russian Geographical Society and other institutions. Large part of the collections was sold abroad through specialized state shops (LenGosTorg, "Antikvariat" and others).

$850.00 USD

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