[SUCHTELEN, Paul van]. Narrative of the Conquest of Finland by the Russians, in the years 1808. From an unpublished Work by a Russian Officer of Rank. Edited by Gen. Monteith. London, Lionel Booth, 1854.
8vo. Near-contemporary Eton school prize binding of tan polished calf, spine with raised bands, ornamented in gilt, black morocco lettering-pice, boards with gilt double-fillets, marbled endpapers; pp. viii, 245, very large (70 x 70 cm) folding lithographic Finland map at rear; only light wear to extremities, lower cover with scratches, light offsetting from endpapers, map a little spotted and with two old repairs; a very good copy with Eton presentation inscription on verso of front fly-leaf, dated 1864.
First published in Saint Petersburg in French (1827), this is the very rare first edition in English. The editor of the first edition wrote 'The following pages were given to me by the Author, a Russian officer of rank, since diceased. The work was never published, only 250 copies having been printed for distribition among the Author's friends' (title-verso). - We currently stock the 1827 French language edition, printed in Saint Petersburg.