Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow.
Epigraph on t.p.: "Chudishche oblo, ozorno, ogromno, stozi︠e︡vno i lai︠a︡ĭ" -- Tilemakhida, tom ii, kn. xviii, sti: 514.
Signatures: pi² Cyrillic A-ʹ[mi︠a︡khkiĭ znak]⁸. In each signature only first and fifth leaves are signed, e.g., A and A2. Old orthography used in signing includes both Cyrillic i and ī.
Bitovt, IU. Ri︠e︡dkīi︠a︡ russkīi︠a︡ kn. 18. vi︠e︡ka, p. 457-458, no. 2279
Gennadi, G.N. Russkīi︠a︡ knizhnyi︠a︡ ri︠e︡dkosti, no. 71
Harvard. Kilgour Coll., no. 910
Sopikov, V.S. Opytʹ rossiĭskoĭ bibliografii (2nd ed. / V.N. Rogozhin), pt. 4, p. 163-164, no. 9240
Svodnyĭ kat. russkoĭ knigi 18. veka, vol. III, p. 7-8, no. 5800
LC copy in treed Russia leather. From the library of G.V. Yudin. Has Yudin bookplates and LC accession no. 104837 dated 08.
Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
Journey From Petersburg to Moscow (in Russian: Путешествие из Петербурга в Москву), published in 1790, was the most famous work by the Russian writer Aleksander Nikolayevich Radishchev. The work, often described as a Russian Uncle Tom's Cabin, is a polemical study of the problems in the Russia of Catherine the Great: serfdom, the powers of the nobility, the issues in government and governance, social structure and personal freedom and liberty. The book starts from an epigraph about The Beast who is "enormous, disgusting, a-hundred-maws and barking" meaning Russian Empire. The book was immediately banned and Radishchev sentenced, first to death, then to banishment in eastern Siberia. It was not freely published in Russia until 1905.