KHERSAKOV, MIKHAIL MATVEEVICH. 1733-1807.
Rossiyada [Russian Epic]. Moscow: Imperial Moscow University, 1779.
4to (247 x 185 mm). 289 pp. Engraved headpiece and other decorative devices. Contemporary calf, spine gilt. Water stains and other internal soiling, closed tear to title page; covers rubbed, spine labels lacking, hinges cracked, lacking lower free endpaper.
FIRST EDITION of this patriotic epic poem written in the Russian Classical style that commemorates Ivan IV's sacking of Kazan The author was then curator of the Imperial Moscow University as well as a well-known playwright. Catherine the Great and her contemporaries considered Khersakov to be the greatest of living Russian poets.