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The biography of Akinfiy Nikitich Demidov, the founder of many mining plants. Composed of acts preserved by his heirs and taken from other information sources. SPb.: print. and lit. A. E. Munster, 1877. - [8], 106 p., 1 p. front. (portr.), 1 p. table.; 26,5x17,5 cm. The portrait on the flyleaf is made in the technique of lithography. In gift whole-leather bound and case. Gold embossed title on top cover and spine of the book. Gold-embossed backing, the endpapers are covered with paper imitating moire. Three-side gold edge. Excellent condition. Minor fox stains. Owner’s bookplate on the half title «Bibliotheque de San Donato». The biography of Akinfiy Nikitich Demidov (1678-1745) - the founder of the mining industry in the Urals and Siberia, the most famous manufacturer of the Demidov family, was performed by the founder of the Demidov prize P. N. Demidov. In order to ‘calculate the benefits brought by the Demidovs to the Fatherland’ not only through the development of iron and copper plants, the author collected materials about their scientific and charitable activities. One of sections is devoted to personal life of the manufacturer, circumstances of his heritage devision between his three sons after his death and activities of his descendants, mostly his younger son Nikita and his family line. Provenance: the Library of San-Donato is associated with the names of three representatives of the Demidov family, each of whom left his traces on the books of the library. Its core was the library of Pavel Nikolayevich Demidov (1798-1841). After his death, the books were inherited first by his brother Anatoly Nikolaevich (1812-1870), who took them to the Italian estate of San-Donato; and then by the direct heir, son-Pavel Pavlovich (1839-1885), who obtained an official right to bear the title of Prince of San-Donato in Russia. It seems that oval stamp with the wording ‘Bibliotheque de San Donato’ appeared on the books just that time.