Auction 84 Part 2
Aug 8, 2021
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LOT 1111:

Semyonnikov V. P. book Publishing activity Of N. I. Novikov and the printing company.

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Semyonnikov V. P. book Publishing activity Of N. I. Novikov and the printing company.
Petersburg. State publishing house. [R. V. C. printed with a circulation of 2000 copies] 1921 149, [1], [2] p. Solid combined high-art owner's binding with gold-embossed spine and preserving the publisher's cover, tinted flyleafs, decorated [spray] cut-off, regular format (17 x 23 cm).

The condition of the cover is awesome; on the first 20 leaves a trail of moisture on the bottom outside corner of the block; a shop stamp Moskniga on the 17th page; on the margins of individual pages very neat single notes with colored pencils; the last leaf "Amendments" without pagination and different type of paper from the sheets of the block.



[Author Vladimir Petrovich Semennikov (1885-1936) Russian Soviet bibliographer, literary historian and archaeographer.

Russian Russian educator, writer, journalist, publisher, member of the Masonic society, one of the largest figures Of the Russian Enlightenment, Nikolai Ivanovich Novikov (April 27, 1744, Tikhvin-Avdotino, Moscow province - July 31, 1818, there). He criticized the lack of "enlightenment" of Catherine II in his satirical magazines "drone", "Painter", "Purse"; in particular, he opposed serfdom. As a public figure, he opened printing houses, libraries, schools, bookstores and stores, and published books. In 1791, Novikov was accused of selling "malicious" books, and his publishing activities were permanently discontinued. Copies of many of Novikov's publications were withdrawn and destroyed, in whole or in part. In any case, their copies are of considerable value and are rare. In 1792, Novikov was sentenced to 15 years in the Shlisselburg fortress. In 1796, he was released by Paul I, but lost his fortune and health. For the rest of his life, he hardly ever left his estate again.

This catalog is the first most complete list of publications by Nikolai Novikov, which were published from 1766 to 1792. during the St. Petersburg and Moscow periods of activity of the famous. The book contains materials on the history of Novikov's book publishing activities, as well as a General assessment of its role in public life in Russia. During the first period, Novikov published books independently and with the participation of the"Society trying to print books". The second period was marked by the emergence of a "Printing company" associated with Novikov. At this time, he published books in the printing house of Moscow University that he rented. This publication takes into account books published from 1779 to 1789 in the Moscow University printing house, in 1786-1792 - in the Printing company, in 1783-1786-in the printing house of Lopukhin, as well as publications printed without the designation of the printing house, but clearly associated with N. I. Novikov and his Masonic circle. 

The reason for the preparation of this publication was the centenary of Novikov's death, which occurred in 1918. Semyonnikov used materials from archives, his own complete description of Russian publications of the XVIII century, and reference books of such famous bibliographers as Sopikov, Guberti, and rodossky to prepare the publication. The catalog was published in 1921, when interesting bibliographic works began to appear for the first time after the revolution. 

944 Novikov publications included in the catalog are placed in chronological order. Each description includes the full title of the publication, the time and place of publication, and the format. In addition, the descriptions provide links to bibliographic sources that include a particular publication. In some cases, the descriptions are supplemented with some interesting information about the history of the publication or its individual features. At the end of the catalog is an index of the names of authors and translators.]