"For adults" as printed on the title page

TOLSTOY, Lev

Vlast Tmy [The Power of Darkness]
£1,250

TOLSTOY, Lev, Vlast Tmy

Tolstoy the playwright, with a play forbidden for the stage during some years. A fresh example of the first edition.

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Imperial copy

NEMIROVICH-DANCHENKO, Vasilii Ivanovich

Skazki deistvitelnosti [Tales of Reality]
£2,750

NEMIROVICH-DANCHENKO, Vasilii Ivanovich, Skazki deistvitelnosti

First edition of these great realistic Russian novellas: the Tsarskoe Selo copy.

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Better than thought

LOMONOSOV, Mikhail Vasilievich, Vasilii Kirillovich TREDIAKOVSKII and Alexander Petrovich SUMAROKOV

Choix des meilleurs morceaux de la littérature russe, à dater de sa naissance jusqu'au règne de Catherine II
£950

LOMONOSOV, Mikhail Vasilievich, Vasilii Kirillovich TREDIAKOVSKII and Alexander Petrovich SUMAROKOV, Choix des meilleurs morceaux de la littérature russe, à dater de sa naissance jusqu'au règne de Catherine II

Attractive example of the first French anthology of Russian literature, with some of the best authors of the 18th century.

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With the rarest cover variant

SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr Isaevich

Odin den Ivana Denisovicha [One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich]
£4,750

SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr Isaevich, Odin den Ivana Denisovicha

First edition of Solzhenitsyn's first book - here with the very rare variant of the cover showing a watchtower. A fine example of this great novel.

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With provenance

SHALAMOV, Varlam Tikhonovich

[Kolyma Stories] Kolymskie rasskazy
£1,250

SHALAMOV, Varlam Tikhonovich, [Kolyma Stories]

First edition of this classic of "GULAG literature", with literary provenance.

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First book edition

BLOK, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich

O liubvi, poezii i gosudarstvennoi sluzhbe [Dialogue About Love, Poetry and Government Service]
£125

BLOK, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, O liubvi, poezii i gosudarstvennoi sluzhbe

Very good example of this first separate edition of Blok's thoughts on a wide range of themes.

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Rare Russian fables from Ukraine

NAKHIMOV, Akim Nikolaevich

Sochineniia v stikhakh i proze [Works in Verse and Prose]
£1,250

NAKHIMOV, Akim Nikolaevich, Sochineniia v stikhakh i proze

Early Russian fables (and other poetical works) at the dawn of Russia's Golden Age of Literature - the authors only book, written and printed in Kharkov, nowadays Ukraine. No copy traced outside Russia.

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French enlightenment in Russia

MONTESKE [MONTESQUIEU, Charles Louis de]

Pisma persidskiia [Lettres persanes] [Persian Letters]
£3,750

MONTESKE [MONTESQUIEU, Charles Louis de], Pisma persidskiia [Lettres persanes]

Rare first illustrated edition of the 'Lettres persanes' in Russian, in contemporary binding with lovely Russian endpapers.

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Tolstoy the playwright

TOLSTOY, Lev

Pervyi vinokur ili kak chertenok kraiushku zasluzhil. Komediia [The First Distiller, or How the Little Devil Earned his Crust. A Comedy]
£1,750

TOLSTOY, Lev, Pervyi vinokur ili kak chertenok kraiushku zasluzhil. Komediia

First edition of Tolstoy's successful play on wine and some of its effects... Lovely example in wrappers. Scarce.

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Finely illustrated

PUSHKIN, Aleksandr and Mstislav DOBUZHINSKY (artist)

Evgenii Onegin. Roman v stikhakh [Eugene Onegin. Novel in verse, ed. by V.F. Khodasevich]

£750

PUSHKIN, Aleksandr and Mstislav DOBUZHINSKY (artist), Evgenii Onegin. Roman v stikhakh

Pushkin's novel in verses in the original Russian, here illustrated by Dobuzhinsky: the first edition of the full set of illustrations.

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Inscribed by the translator, a feminist character

[PUSHKIN] – Alexandre POUCHKINE, Véra STARKOFF (transl.) and Marie EGOROFF (artist)

Rouslane et Ludmile
£2,450

[PUSHKIN] - Alexandre POUCHKINE, Véra STARKOFF (transl.) and Marie EGOROFF (artist), Rouslane et Ludmile

The first complete poetic French translation of Pushkin's celebrated work. Strikingly illustrated by an original Russian female artist, and this copy inscribed by the translator: a politically-engaged playwright and one of the main figures of the feminist theatre movement in France. Rarely found, and only 500 copies printed.

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U-u-u-u-u-u... in first edition

BULGAKOV, Mikhail

Sobache serdtse [Heart of a Dog]
£1,450

BULGAKOV, Mikhail, Sobache serdtse

Uncommon first book edition in Russian of Bulgakov's suppressed satirical masterpiece. A lovely copy in its original wrappers by Annenkov.

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Anna Karenina in first edition and contemporary binding

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich

Anna Karenina
£14,500

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich, Anna Karenina

Tolstoy's masterpiece in first edition: a complete example of this classic of Russian and world literature in contemporary Russian binding.

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Svetlov-Fekula copy - one of 50 only

PUSHKIN, Aleksandr Sergeevich, Sergey LIFAR and Prof. M. L. GOFMAN (editors)

Puteshestvie v Arzrum vo vremia pokhoda 1829 goda [Journey to Arzrum during the campaign of 1829]
£2,950

PUSHKIN, Aleksandr Sergeevich, Sergey LIFAR and Prof. M. L. GOFMAN (editors), Puteshestvie v Arzrum vo vremia pokhoda 1829 goda

Pushkin's best travel account in a fine bibliophilic edition, one of 50 'ad nominem' copies only, this one for Valerian Svetlov.

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First edition of Pasternak's first collection of poetry

PASTERNAK, Boris Leonidovich

Bliznets v tuchakh [A Twin in Storm Clouds]
£14,000

PASTERNAK, Boris Leonidovich, Bliznets v tuchakh

The birth of a Nobel Prize: Pasternak's first collection of poetry, in a superb, fresh example of the very rare first edition.

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The Pantheon of the Silver Age - a complete set

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Isaac BABEL, Iosif BRODSKII, Osip MANDELSHTAM, Vladimir NABOKOV, Boris PASTERNAK, Marina TSVETAEVA et al

Vozdushnye Puti [Airways. Almanach. Vols I-V]
£1,500

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Isaac BABEL, Iosif BRODSKII, Osip MANDELSHTAM, Vladimir NABOKOV, Boris PASTERNAK, Marina TSVETAEVA et al, Vozdushnye Puti

The first publication of Akhmatova's 'Poem Without a Hero' [Poem bez geroia] - as well as many other works by some of the best Russian poets and authors of the 20th century: a complete set of this important literary almanac, rare so.

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U-u-u-u-u-u....: the first publication

BULGAKOV, Mikhail

Sobache serdtse [Heart of a Dog]
£1,000

BULGAKOV, Mikhail, Sobache serdtse

First publication in Russian of Bulgakov's suppressed satirical masterpiece, banned in Soviet Union until 20 years later.

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The great Russian poetess lists her Russian publications

AKHMATOVA, Anna

Typed letter signed ('Anna Akhmatova') to Boris Tarasov ('Dear Boris Aleksandrovich')
£2,750

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Typed letter signed ('Anna Akhmatova') to Boris Tarasov ('Dear Boris Aleksandrovich')

Fine book-related letter signed by Akhmatova, one of Russia's greatest poets, where she lists her recent publications in Russia, after a difficult period of hard censorship.

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