[FIRST BOOK ON THE HISTORY OF THE MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY] Istoriya imperatorskogo moskovskogo universiteta [i.e. The History of Imperial Moscow University, Written for its 100th Anniversary]
Moscow: University Press, 1855. Item #478
XII, 582,  pp. 26x17 cm. Contemporary half-leather with gilt lettering on the spine. All edges gilt. Paper loss of the rst 100 pages at the bottom margin (no text affected). Pre-revolutionary stamp on the title page. Otherwise a good clean copy.
This book is the rst account of the university history. Stepan Shevyrev (1806-1864) was a philology professor at the university as well as well-known poet and literary critic. Personal friend of Nikolay Gogol, he was a follower of right-wing Slaviano l movement, and probably is best-known as the author of the idiom ‘Zagnivaiuschiy Zapad’ (‘The Rotting West’ in regards to Europe).
The account itself is based on the of cial documents, ives of the university as well as periodical publications. The author spent 4 years preparing this book and as a result it remained one of the main sources on the subject in pre-revolutionary Russia.