London: Henry Colburn, 1840. First English Edition. Hardcover. Two volume set. 22.5 x 14.5 cm. Octavos. xxxi 397pp vii 439pp. Frontispiece and fold-out facsimile letter in both volumes; additional plate in volume 2. Frontispieces and plate are foxed. Bound in 3/4 black leather with marble boards and endpapers. 5 raised leather bands to spines. Gilt top foredges.The spines as well as tops of the covers are very sun toned to tan. Bindings are tight. Small chip to the head of vol 1. Very Good. Item #61173
Princess Daschkaw (1744-1810) (Ekaterina Romanovna Dashkova) at 18 years of age participated in the coup that brought Catherine the Great to the Russian throne. This work details the relationship between the two women. Dashkova was appointed by Catherine the Great as the Director of the Academy of Sciences, the first woman to hold the position, and of the Imperial Academy of the Russian Lanaguges. At the latter, she helped create the first Russian language dictionary published in 6 volumes from 1789-94. Her memoirs were not published untill many years after her death due to pressure from her surviving family members. It was first published in French before this English translation. One of the earliest examples of Russian autobiography.