[VIGOR, Jane].
[VIGOR, Jane]. Briefe über Rußland von einem Frauenzimmer, das sich einige Zeit daselbst aufgehalten hat, an ihre Freundin in England. Mit historischen Anmerkungen. Aus dem Englischen.
Leipzig, bei Johann Friedrich Junius.  1775.
Small 8vo (157 × 94 mm), pp. vii, [3], 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.

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