This lavish catalogue was published for “The Book as Art. 20th anniversary of "The Rare Book from St. Petersburg” Publishing House” exhibition, which displayed about 30 editions - rare books made by masters of the publishing house "Rare Books from St. Petersburg".
“Rare Books from St. Petersburg" publishing house was founded in 1991. Its goal was to revive in Russia the lost art of hand-made, bibliophile book, the book that would be created as a piece of art. The number of copies begins from one and, as a rule, does not exceed twenty-five. “Rare Books from St. Petersburg" engages the services of modern artists to illustrate great works of classical literature, thus imparting to the latter a new resonance. The result is extremely beautiful.
The Hermitage Museum has been friends with “Rare Books from St. Petersburg" for many years. The latter’s publications are exhibited in the Hermitage, forming a complete and a very special collection.