Included in this collection are books from the Thomas J. Watson Library that were published primarily in Russia or the Ukraine in the nineteenth or early twentieth century. The selection here reflects a wide array of themes and formats, ranging from albums of photographs, illustrated books, exhibition catalogs, and catalogs of private and institutional collections.
Among the highlights of this collection are albums from the library of Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, 1845-1894, of original photographs of Old Russian churches and monasteries, and monumental studies of Russian painting of the fifteenth through eighteenth century, iconostases, miniature painting, and arms and armor. While most of the works are focused on art created in Russia, this collection also includes catalogs of European and Ancient art, exhibited or held in Russian or Ukrainian collections.
Click here to browse our collection of digitized rare books published in Imperial and early Soviet Russia.
Image above: Al'bom fotografīĭ k arkheologicheskoĭ poiezdkie professora A.B. Prakhova na Volyn' v 1886 godu (detail of decorative title page). Translated title: Album of photographs from the archeological trip made by Professor A.V. Prakhov in Volyn' in 1886. Volume of unnumbered plates, 33 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library (DK508.9.V65 P72 1889 Q). http://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15324coll7/id/1688