[KHARKIV UNIVERSITY LIBRARY.]
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[KHARKIV UNIVERSITY LIBRARY.] Catalogus librorum Bibliothecae Caesareae univeritatis literarum charcoviensis. Cura Basilii Dzunkowsky …
Charcoviae 1824. Typis academicis.  
8vo (218 × 130 mm), pp. [2], iv, [2], 511, [1]; with a large folding table; printed on tinted paper; title a little creased, but a good copy in contemporary half calf, worn, spine rather dry, upper joint cracked, with parts of the leather missing along the board, but cords still firm, paper spine label (chipped) lettered gilt.
First edition, very rare: the first printed catalogue of Kharkiv University Library, one of the major universities of the Russian Empire (and the second oldest in Ukraine, after Lviv), founded in 1804. It was edited by Vasil Dzhunkovsky (1767–1826), Rector of the University, 1821–6.

The catalogue contains thousands of books—divided into seven sections: theology, law, philosophy, medicine, mathematics, history, and philology—in a variety of languages (Latin, French, German, Greek, Swedish, Polish, Russian). Even if English books are not well represented, English-speaking authors certainly are: Bacon, Beattie, Berkeley, Blackstone, Burke, Cook, Dryden, Ferguson, Halley, Hume, Hutcheson, Johnson (67 volumes [of 75] from The Works of the English Poets, 1790), Locke, Malthus, Milton, Newton, Pope, Priestley, Reid, Shakespeare, Adam Smith, Steuart (Tourneisen editions of The Plays (plus a number of translations), the Wealth of Nations, and the Inquiry being among the few English books in the catalogue), Sterne, Swift, and Arthur Young.

Gennadi, Literatura russkoi bibliografii (St Petersburg, 1858, item 552) calls for two tables, but the copy at Kharkiv University (listed in its online catalogue) has only one, as here; the National Library of Russia does not mention a table at all. These are the only other copies I could locate. Not in COPAC or WorldCat.
£2500   
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