. Copied and translated by
from the first chapter of Voltaire's Histoire de l'empire de Russie sous Pierre le grand.
's copy of this work, 2 vols., n.p., 1759–1763, remains among his books in MBAt
and bears a few corrections and annotations apparently in his hand. According to
notes on the front flyleaves,
paid 5 guilders and 2 stivers for the first volume and 3 guilders and 10 stivers
for the second, on 13 July 1781. His diary records that on that day he traveled from
Cologne to Coblentz, and so he either paid a German bookseller in Dutch currency or
erred by a few days in recording the date of his purchase. At any rate, the book was
acquired for study as
started on his journey to St. Petersburg. A notation in vol. 2 indicates that binding
the volumes cost him “80 Cop[eks]
.” Though done in Russia, the bindings, in the French style of the period, are among
the handsomest in
's library and are still in pristine condition.