[MAUVILLON, Éléazar de]. ~ Histoire de la vie, du regne, et du detronement d’Iwan III. Empereur de Russie. Assassiné à Schlüsselbourg dans la nuit du 15. au 16. Juillet (ns.) 1764. Par Mr. de M****. Londres: [s.n.], 1766.
12mo (146 × 80 mm), pp. 117, , complete with half-title. Title printed in red and black. Contemporary mottled sheep, gilt panelled spine, red morocco label, green silk marker, red edges. Slightly rubbed, but an excellent copy.
First edition, a rare account of the short and tragic life of Ivan Antanovitch, who reigned briefly as an infant Emperor of Russia from 1740-1 before being spirited away after the coup of Elizabeth of Russia in 1741 and then conveniently assassinated in 1764, shortly after the accession of Catherine the Great.
A false ‘Londres’ imprint: ESTC suggests printing in the Netherlands (and list no copies outside Europe). No copy listed in the catalogue of the Bibliothèque nationale.