Secret Memoirs of the Court of Petersburg: Particularly towards the End of the Reign of Catharine II. And the Commencement of that of Paul I. Serving as a Supplement to the Life of Catharine II. Translated from the French. Second Edition.
London: for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1801. 8vo, contemporary tree calf gilt-ruled in a floral pattern, edges gilt-rolled, embossed turn-ins; rebacked in calf with intricate blind tooling & gilt rules, gilt-lettered maroon morocco backstrip label. viii, 390 pp. Part of margin torn away at pp. 117/118, florid and probably drunken marginal notes in ball-point pen on pp. 282 & 286, effaced marginal note at p. 349; a clean, fresh copy in a handsome, albeit rebacked binding. Second Edition in English, the first in 1800 Masson (1762-1807), a French poet, had entered the Russian military service in 1786. In 1795 he married Baroness Rosen and became secretary to the Grand Duke Alexander. When Paul succeeded his mother in 1796, however, Masson was expelled from Russia; so he went back to Paris and wrote this anecdotal and useful, though somewhat biased, account of his sojourn in Saint Petersburg. See: Cox, I, p. 199. Nerhood, To Russia and Return, 113 (citing a reprint of 1895).
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