GOD SAVE THE TSAR
L’VOV, Aleksei Fedorovich. [In Cyrillic:] Pesn’ Ruskikh. Volkslied der Russen. Hymne russe …
Berlin, bei Ad Mt Schlesinger … Petersburg, Richter. Paris, M. Schlesinger. Moscou, Lernhold [c.1838].  
4to (318 × 259 mm), pp. 3, [1]; plate number 2285; attractive engraved title, Schlesinger’s small stamp at foot, early ink ownership inscription at head; some light marginal browning, and dust-soiling; disbound.
An early edition of the Tsarist national anthem, here presented in two versions: for two pianos, and for voice and piano (the words in German and French). Composed in 1833 to original lyrics by Zhukovsky, it remained the national anthem of the Russian Empire until the Revolution.
£275   
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