Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, Publisher, 1914. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's gilt and blindstamped red cloth over flexible boards, printed and cartographic endpapers, all edges marbled, attached green silk bookmark, original printed dust jacket.
"If ever a city expressed the character and peculiarities of its inhabitants, that city is Moscow, the 'heart of Russia,' in which the Russian 'wide nature' is abundantly obvious." First and only edition in English of Baedeker’s guide to pre-Revolutionary Russia, with 40 maps and 78 plans (many folding and printed in color), in the rare dust jacket. Considered the authoritative travel guides of their day, "Baedekers" were published for dozens of locations, both exotic and European, offering information on everything from accommodations to local customs. "When Lucy Honeychurch finds herself 'In Santa Croce with no Baedeker' in E. M. Forster's A Room with a View, she is entirely lost" (ODNB). Russia with Teheran, Port Arthur, and Peking was issued shortly before the outbreak of World War I and the Russian Revolution; it includes descriptions of Warsaw, the Baltic Provinces, Finland, the major Russian cities, the Caucasus, and Teheran and Peking (reached via the Trans-Siberian Railway). It was never re-published, and is considered one of the rarest and most desirable of early Baedekers. Small bookseller label to front pastedown. Occasional pencil underlining to text, owner signature on front panel of dust jacket. Book fine, with maps crisp and fresh, gilt bright. Dust jacket with some soiling and toning, shallow chipping to spine-ends, a few tape repairs to verso. A near fine copy, seldom seen in the dust jacket. Item #335