GRECH, Nikolaii Ivanovich. Biographie de l'empereur Alexandre I., d'après celle qui a été écrite en langue russe de N. Gretsch, par le Colonel Adré. Bodisco. Stockholm, P. A. Norstedt et Fils, 1836.
8vo. Entirely uncut and unopened in the original printed wrappers; pp. [iv], 63, lithographic portrait-frontispiece with tissue guard, printed on high-quality linen ra g paper; wrappers a little spotted, otherwise fine.
Extremely rare first French edition, inscribed presentation copy from the author to Capt. Bloomfield, Stockholm, 1836, together with a loosely inserted an accompanying ALS from the author to his Excellency Lord Bloomfield, 2 Aug. 1836, errata list in the author's hand at the end. Alexander Andreevich Bodisko (1786-1854) was a Russian statesman and diplomat and at the time he produced this translation as head of the Russian embassy in Stockholm. Later he led the US-Russian negotiations over the future of California. He died in Washington. Sir Benjamin Bloomfield, after having been a close friend of and musician with the Prince Regent at Brighton, became ambassador in Stockholm, and a a confidant of Bernadotte. The reason for this splendid exile had been court intrigues in England.
COPAC locates the BL copy only, OCLC adds a copy at University of Chicago, KVK adds Bavarian State Library, Royal Library of Denmark, Berlin, Göttingen, Hanover, and two libraries in Sweden.