Leipzig, bei Johann Friedrich Junius. 1775.
Small 8vo (157 × 94 mm), pp. vii, , 186; with a folding table at the end; a little light marginal browning; contemporary boards, rubbed, early ink ownership inscription (‘Loeber’) to the title.
First edition in German of Letters from a Lady, who resided some Years in Russia (1775), ‘a series of endlessly gossipy and anecdotal but nonetheless valuable letters from the British resident’s wife in the Russian capital during Anna’s reign [1730–9] … The reviewers were quick to establish her identity, which was at the time of publication Jane Vigor (1700–1783), widow of a Russian merchant. She had, however, gone out to Russia in 1728 as the wife of Thomas Ward, the British consul-general, and on his death in 1731, she married within months Claudius Rondeau, the British resident. Again widowed in 1739, Mrs Rondeau returned to England with [William] Vigor, whom she married in 1740’ (Anthony Cross, By the Banks of the Neva, p. 340).
A French translation appeared the following year.
Cat. Russica R-1352; Price & Price, Humaniora, p. 183. For the first edition, see Cross, In the Lands of the Romanovs C3, and Nerhood, To Russia and return 80. WorldCat locates 2 copies outside Europe, at Harvard and Indiana.