20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

GERTSEN, Aleksandr Ivanovich [Alexander HERZEN].

Byloe i dumy: Pervoe polnoe izdanie [My Past and Thoughts: First complete edition].
£750

First complete edition of Herzen's main work and "great historical classic" (Sviatopolk-Mirskii). Scarce: we could not trace any example at auction in or outside Russia in recent decades. Read more

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

AKHMATOVA, Anna.

U samogo moria [At the Edge of the Sea].
£850

Fine copy of the first edition in book form, one of 3,000 copies. This long poem, written in 1914, first appeared in the magazine Apollon in 1915, and represents a summing-up of Akhmatova's early manner.

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

MELGUNOV, Sergei.

Na putiakh k dvortsovomu perevorotu (zagovory pered revoliutsii 1917 goda) [On the Paths Towards a Palace Coup (plots ahead of the 1917 Revolution)].
£175

First edition of this historical analysis of the secret plots and intrigues swirling around the Imperial regime in the lead up to 1917.

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

AKHMATOVA, Anna.

Rekviem [Requiem].
£750

First edition of one of Akhmatova's most famous works. One of 500 copies only. Written between 1935 and 1940, 'Requiem' was not published in Russia until 1987.

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

SKITALETS [pseud. of Stepan Gavrilovich PETROV].

O znamenitykh russkikh liudiakh [On Famous Russian People].
£750

A very rare Japanese imprint. We are not aware of any other example having been on the market, and we could locate only two copies of this first edition in public institutions worldwide

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

SHALAMOV, Varlam Tikhonovich.

[Kolyma Stories] Kolymskie rasskazy.
£1,250

First edition of this important collection of stories on Soviet labour camps, which Shalamov (1907-82), a poet and man of letters on the wrong side of the Soviet authorities…

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

BULGAKOV, Mikhail.

Sobache serdtse [Heart of a dog].
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First publication in Russian of Bulgakov's suppressed satirical masterpiece, printed as the whole issue of Student magazine by Romanian exile Alex Flegon. Unpublishable in the Soviet Union until 1987, the text was circulated only in clandestine samizdat editions... Read more

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BULGAKOV, Mikhail Afanasyevich.

Zapiski iunogo vracha; Diavoliada and Other Stories [Notes of a Young Doctor; Diaboliad and Other Stories].
£1,950

Comprising 10 stories first published in 1922-1926. The typescript partially reproduces the first and the only book by Bulgakov to be published in Russia during his lifetime.

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SVITKOV, Nikolai [pseud. for Nikolai STEPANOV].

Masonstvo v Russkoi Emigratsii [Freemasonry in Russian emigration].
£85

Rare second edition of Svitkov's main work on freemasonry, where he details the development of modern Russian Masonic lodges outside of Russia since 1920, adding a list of Russian Freemasons as of January 1, 1932 (to which he even includes Vladimir Ulianov-Lenin). It follows the first edition printed in Paris 32 years earlier, and a third, very similar edition was published by the same company in 1966. This second edition was augmented with a preface by V. Merzheevskii, a contribution by the Chairman of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, bishop Antonii, and Svitkov's article "Voennaia lozha" [Military lodge], published earlier in 1955 in Vladimirskii vestnik periodical. Read more

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SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr Isaevich.

Odin den Ivana Denisovich [One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich].
£3,000

The rare first edition of Solzhenitsyn's first published book; a celebrated "pirate" edition published abroad without the author's consent.

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TSVETAEVA, Marina.

Posle Rossii. 1922-1925 [After Russia. 1922-1925].
£3,950

First edition of Tsvetaeva's last book of poems, one of her major works, banned in the USSR; a lovely example, in original wrappers, one of 500 only, including 100 not for sale.

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GROSSMAN, Vasilii.

Vse techet [Everything flows].
£125

Grossman's first tamizdat novel - banned in Soviet Union until 1989. Although Grossman (1905-64) began his major opus Zhizn i sudba [Life and Fate] before, Vse techet saw light first (and posthumously), in 1970 in Germany. Read more

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PASTERNAK, Boris.

Doktor Zhivago.
£1,750

First Feltrinelli edition in Russian (the third overall), first printing, issued in the very attractive and distinctive dust jacket designed by Ampelio Tettamanti (1914-1961), matching that of the first edition in Italian…

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TSVETAEVA, Marina Ivanovna, et al.

Antologiia [Anthology]
£1,000

First edition: an anthology of poetry, including pieces by Solovyov, Blok, Bely, Voloshin, Gorodetskii, Gumilev, Viacheslav Ivanov, Kuzmin, and Tsvetaeva.

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BULGAKOV, Mikhail.

Khanskii ogon [Khan's flame].
£2,000

First appearance in print of this short story, originally indended to be included in the "Diaboliad". In her discussion of "Khanskii ogon", Haber detects a distinct pessimism in Bulgakov's account of Prince Tugai-Beg

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MANDELSHTAM, Osip Emilevich.

Kamen. [Stone.]
£12,500

First edition of the first book by one of Russia's greatest 20th-century poets. The thin book is in itself a symbol of the pre-revolutionary Russia…

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20th century: Dissidence & Emigre

PASTERNAK, Boris.

Doktor Zhivago.

The true first Russian edition of the celebrated and accidentally controversial novel by the great Russian Silver Age poet, a piracy created with close involvement of the CIA.

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