[LOMONOSOV, Mikhail Vasil'evich]. [Jean-Baptiste CHARPENTIER]. Elemens de la langue russe ou Methode courte et facile pour apprendre cette lanuge conformement a l'usage. , 368 pp. 8vo., contemporary sheep, smooth spine with gilt fleurons, red morocco lettering-piece "Grammaire Russe". St. Petersburg: Academie Imperiale des Sciences, 1768.
First Edition. A key publication in the modernization of Russia, and the first significant work on Russian grammar in a Western European language. Charpentier's work is based the book Rossiskaia grammatika published in 1755 and written by the "father" of modern Russian literature, Mikhail Vasil'evich Lomonsov. Lomonsov (1711-1765) was one of the greatest minds in St. Petersburg during the middle of the eighteenth-century, learned also in science and math, and one of the founders of the University of Moscow.
Elemens de la langue russe was published by the renowned St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, considered the leading publisher of secular works in Russia at the time. Before the publication of this title, western visitors had no printed means to learn Russian. Aside from some slight worming through the lower margin of the front pastedown through the title-page, a fine unsophisticated copy.
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