[PETER THE GREAT.] SHEREMETEV, PETR BORISOVICH. 1713-1788. Pisma Petra Velikago pisanniya k ... Grafu Borisu Petrovichu Sherementevu  [Letters from Peter the Great to ... Count Boris Petrovich Sheremetev].  Moscow: Imperial University, 1774.
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[PETER THE GREAT.]
SHEREMETEV, PETR BORISOVICH. 1713-1788.
Pisma Petra Velikago pisanniya k ... Grafu Borisu Petrovichu Sherementevu [Letters from Peter the Great to ... Count Boris Petrovich Sheremetev]. Moscow: Imperial University, 1774.
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[PETER THE GREAT.]
SHEREMETEV, PETR BORISOVICH. 1713-1788. Pisma Petra Velikago pisanniya k ... Grafu Borisu Petrovichu Sherementevu [Letters from Peter the Great to ... Count Boris Petrovich Sheremetev]. Moscow: Imperial University, 1774.
Folio. 172 pp. Engraved frontispiece by G. Antipev after Ivan Argunov. Contemporary mottled calf, flat spine gilt in compartments, morocco label, edges red. Rebacked with sections of spine laid down, edges worn, some pages restored, soiled and water stained.

FIRST EDITION. The 230 letters that Peter the Great, Tsar of All the Russias, wrote to Count Boris Petrovich Sheremetev (1652–1719) from December 5, 1700 to October 9, 1718 were collected by the latter's son, Count Petr Borisovich Sheremetev. Count Boris Sheremetev was commander of the Russian armies in the Great Northern War (1700-1721) during which St. Petersburg was founded from land seized from Sweden. Although he led the Russian Army to the victory over the Swedes at the Battle of Poltava in 1707, the count was never that close with the monarch. For example, when the Russian forces were sorely defeated at Lewenhaupt, the Tsar angrily chastised his commander about his "inadequate training of the dragoons about which I have spoken many times." But he had a change of heart a few days later and wrote Field Marshall Sheremetev; "Do not be sad about the misfortune you have had, for constant success has brought many people to ruin. Forget it, and try to encourage your men." Count Petr built the magnificent palace at Kuskovo, the summer country house and estate of the Sheremetev family. He served Catherine the Great as a senator and the first elected Marshal of the Nobility. He also wrote Zapiska Puteshestviya Grafa Borisa Petrovicha Sheremeteva [Description of the Voyages of Count Boris Petrovich Sheremetev] (1773) about his travels to Cracow, Vienna, Venice, Rome and Malta.
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