AN 'AMERICAN' BINDERY IN THE CRIMEA
KOLTSOV, Aleksei Vasil’evich. Stikhotvoreniia … Deviatoe izdanie K. T. Soldatenkova [Poems … Ninth edition, published by Kozma Soldatyonkov].
Moskva. Tipografiia V. F. Rikhter …  1887.
8vo (203 × 134 mm), pp. [4], 167, [1], iii, [1]; early ink ownership inscription to the front free endpaper; contemporary polished quarter roan, cloth sides, extremities worn, slight stain to upper board.
A standard nineteenth-century edition of Koltsov (1809–1842), ‘the Russian Burns’, in a standard contemporary binding. The interest here lies in the binder’s stamp to the rear pastedown, in Russian: ‘American binding workshop. James Steinsberg [“Dzhems Shteinsberg”], Simferopol, Politseiskaya St.’ I can find nothing on him, or his bindery. Was a Russian binder simply calling his bindery ‘American’, and using an American-sounding name? There is more research to be done.
£500   
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