Thornton's Bookshop
 ( ABA - ILAB )
Established  in  1835
(Internet and mailorder sales only)

Member of the 
Antiquarian Booksellers Association  since 1907
 Booksellers Association of Great Britain 
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
 Joseph Thornton
1808 - 1891


Robert Lyall
The Character of the Russians and a Detailed History of Moscow and also containing  A Dissertation on the Russian Language and an Appendix which contains Tables, Political, Statistical and Historical, An Account of the Imperial Agricultural Society of Moscow, A Catalogue of Plants Found in and Near Moscow, An Essay on the Origin and Progress of Architecture in Russia &c. &c. London, Cadell, and Edinburgh, Blackwood, 1823,  639 pp. with 13 coloured aquatints including a fold out panorama of Moscow and one uncoloured aquatint, 9 black and white engravings (2 fold out) being a total of 23 plates and also a large fold out engraved plan of Moscow, with three woodcut/diagrams in the text. The text pages have a wide margin and the text is clean apart from some light offsetting from the plates onto the text and a small amount of foxing on a few pages. The black and white engravings have some light browning, generally at the edges of the plates. There is some overpainting on the fold out coloured panorama aquatint of Moscow. Marbled page edges.  The leather and marbled boards have come away from the binding and the spine is missing. There are two 4 cm (1.6 inch) tears in the large fold out plan of Moscow which do not affect the city plan. One black and white plate which has a small fold out section at the bottom is frayed at the bottom edge. The coloured aquatint opposite the title page has two frayed corners. The size of the book is approximately 22 x 28 cm  (8.7 x  11 inches). 
GBP 4500.00 

A conservator has told us that he expected he could remove some 
of the overpainting on the fold out plate of Moscow for GBP 120. 
There is a black and white plate consisting of Cyrillic text with a small fold out
section at the bottom which is frayed. The conservator said
this could be repaired and the darkish mark removed for GBP 40.
The two tears in the large fold out plan of Moscow could be
repaired for around GBP 80 and a bookbinder has said he could
put on a new leather spine for GBP 200. Thus to have the book
in top order would involve an expenditure of around GBP 440
(all of these amounts ex-VAT ) 


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