St. Petersburg: tip. Trenke i Fyusno, 1912. Item #94
V.1: 1607-1826. , 493 pp. V.2: 1829-1910. , 471 pp., 1 map. 20,5x13,3 cm. In two modern half-leather bindings. Original front wrappers preserved. Cut, light foxing of the covers. Otherwise a fine crispy copy.
Rare. First edition. First thorough history written by Russian.
Alexey Vasilyevich Babin (1866-1930), Russian historian, library scientists, bibliographer became one of the first librarians who developed American-Russian cultural and library relationship in the end of 19th century. He is one of the pioneers of American studies in Russia. Babin went to the USA in 1889 where he was accepted to Cornell University. He graduated with a degree in history. To pay for his education he worked in university library and became a professional librarian during these years. In 1902 he was invited to work in the Library of Congress as curator of Slavic literature. He was the first Russian specialist to work there. One of the most important periods of his time in Library was when he participated in buying a famous book collection of Siberian merchant G.V. Yudin in 1906. Babin was the key intermediary in this process and among other things made a catalog of the collection in Russian and English which included more than 100 000 volumes. Yudin's collection became keystone of Slavic department of the Library of Congress while Babin became the head of this department. Before his death in 1930 he signed his will in which he left everything to the Library for further development of Slavic department. He was one of the first Russian immigrants to gain scientific recognition.
While he was in USA he corresponded with his Russian colleagues. During his visits he shared the information on conditions of American book and library business. He went back to Russia for some time working in different areas including even teaching English. He also wrote this book on history of the United States. Even though Yudin didn't get the full previously agreed payment and books were not kept in one place as he requested, they remained friends and Yudin acted as his publisher in 1912. Among chapters of this edition are The Discovery of America, Virginia, New England in 1765, Constitution, Washington's Ruling 1789-1797, Unites States in 1910 etc. The edition is supplied with bibliography, index, chart on president's election (with number of votes), chart on US territories (size and population), chart on each state (the time of entry, size and population). The map depicts the growth of the USA since 1776 to 1867.
WorldCat locates four copies.