Pushkin escapes the Tsar's police

PUSHKIN, Aleksandr and Sergey LIFAR (editor)

Puteshestvie v Arzrum vo vremia pokhoda 1829 goda [A Journey to Arzrum during the campaign of 1829]
£495

PUSHKIN, Aleksandr and Sergey LIFAR (editor), Puteshestvie v Arzrum vo vremia pokhoda 1829 goda

Pushkin's best travel account in a fine bibliophilic edition, with the first publication of his draft.

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Tolstoy's answer to Chekhov - unopened

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich [TOLSTOI]

Zhivoi trup. Drama v 6 deistviyakh i 12 kartinakh [A Living Corpse. A drama in 6 acts and 12 scenes]
£1,000

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich [TOLSTOI], Zhivoi trup. Drama v 6 deistviyakh i 12 kartinakh

First separate edition of Tolstoy's play, a large-format quality production, with illustrations. A lovely example, unopened in the charming art-nouveau wrappers.

Tolstoy wrote in his diary, "that in A Living Corpse there are notes inspired by Chekhov's work. Such is the secret of artistic creativeness".

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A 10-year poetical work

BLOK, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich

Vozmezdie [Retribution]
£200

BLOK, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, Vozmezdie

First edition of this epic by the great Russian poet, the result of more than 10 years of work. With long introduction and bibliography.

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In publisher's wrappers

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich

Detstvo i Otrochestvo [Childhood and Adolescence]
£3,950

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich, Detstvo i Otrochestvo

Tolstoy's own editing of his first novel: a lovely example, rare in original wrappers, of this second edition, specially adapted for children's reading and showing for the first time a different version from the standard text.

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The very rare first edition

MANDELSHTAM, Osip Emilevich

Kamen [Stone]
£12,500

MANDELSHTAM, Osip Emilevich, Kamen

First edition of the first book by one of Russia's greatest 20th-century poets. A very good example of this rare edition.

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In striking wrappers

SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr Isaevich

Odin den Ivana Denisovicha [One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich]
£2,500

SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr Isaevich, Odin den Ivana Denisovicha

First edition of the celebrated author's first book § a famous 'pirate' edition published without Solzhenitsyn's consent. A very good copy, with the striking original wrappers.

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Extensive contemporary analysis of Tolstoy's masterpiece

[TOLSTOY] – NOROV, Avraam Sergeevich

Voina i mir (1805-1812). S istoricheskoi tochki zrenia i po vospominaniam sovremennika. Po povodu sochinenia L.N.Tolstogo "Voina i mir" [War and Peace (1805-1812). From an Historical Perspective and Following Memories of a Contemporary. About the work of Count L.N. Tolstoy, "War and Peace"]
£850

[TOLSTOY] - NOROV, Avraam Sergeevich, Voina i mir (1805-1812). S istoricheskoi tochki zrenia i po vospominaniam sovremennika. Po povodu sochinenia L.N.Tolstogo "Voina i mir"

A very rare extensive review and analysis of Tolstoy's masterpiece, published by a writer and book collector immediately when War and Peace's first edition was being brought out.

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Dostoevsky's most political novel

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich

Besy [The Devils, sometimes The Possessed or Demons]
£16,500

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich, Besy

Dostoevsky's most political novel: a very good example of the first edition, in contemporary Russian binding.

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With striking designs

SAMOKISH Nikolai (artist) and Lev Al. MEY

Izbavitel [The Saviour]
£1,850

SAMOKISH Nikolai (artist) and Lev Al. MEY, Izbavitel

A hunting poem beautifully decorated by one of the leading book illustrators of the time. Separately published from Kutepov's celebrated and monumental 'Imperial Hunt'.

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Literary identity in Western Ukraine

Pavel LEONTOVICH and others

Lervak z nad Siana

Pavel LEONTOVICH and others, Lervak z nad Siana

An extremely rare and fascinating book related to the national identity of Western Ukraine, through language and literature.

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In the spectacular publisher's binding

DANTE ALIGHIERI, Gustave DORE (illustrator) and D.D. MINAEV (translator)

Bozhestvennaia Komediia [The Divine Comedy]

DANTE ALIGHIERI, Gustave DORE (illustrator) and D.D. MINAEV (translator), Bozhestvennaia Komediia

Lovely copy, in the impressive original binding, of the first complete translation of Dante in Russia. With Doré's celebrated illustrations.

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Great Akhmatova's memorabilia

AKHMATOVA, Anna

Poema bez Geroia. Triptikh. 1940-1962. Leningrad-Tashkent-Moskva [Poem Without a Hero. Triptych. 1940-1962. Leningrad-Tashkent-Moscow]

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Poema bez Geroia. Triptikh. 1940-1962. Leningrad-Tashkent-Moskva

An interesting and very unusual item: a samizdat copy of Akhmatova's masterpiece, bound in the poetess' dress, with a lengthy inscription detailing part of the provenance.

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Inscribed by the future Nobel Prize

BUNIN, Ivan

Pod otkrytym nebom [bound with:] Stikhi i Rasskazy

[Under the Open Skies [bound with:] Poems and Short stories]

BUNIN, Ivan, Pod otkrytym nebom [bound with:] Stikhi i Rasskazy

A lovely volume with two first editions, including one inscribed by Bunin. Both works are rarely found.

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Never published in his lifetime

BULGAKOV, Mikhail

Adam i Eva. Piesa v 4 aktakh [Adam and Eve. A play in 4 acts]

BULGAKOV, Mikhail, Adam i Eva. Piesa v 4 aktakh

The very first, Bulgakov's own version of his dystopian play, here in an attractive, unusual samizdat.

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"A bitter indictment of the Soviet system" (Terras)

GROSSMAN, Vasilii

Vse techet [Everything flows]

GROSSMAN, Vasilii, Vse techet

Grossman's first novel being published abroad, and banned in Soviet Union until 1989. Pleasant example of this larger format edition.

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Nabokov the Poet – Home-made and illegal in Russia

NABOKOV, Vladimir

Stikhi [Poetry]

NABOKOV, Vladimir, Stikhi [Poetry]

Some of Nabokov's most scandalous poems, of course banned in Soviet Union and here in an illegal "edition" home-made in Brezhnev's USSR. Very rare.

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In superb original condition, with all wrappers

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich

Besy [The Devils, sometimes The Possessed or Demons]

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor Mikhailovich, Besy

The best example we've handled of the first edition of this important Russian novel.

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On the way to the New World

MAIAKOVSKII, Vladimir [MAYAKOVSKY] and David BURLIUK (artist)

Otkrytie Ameriki [Discovery of America]

MAIAKOVSKII, Vladimir [MAYAKOVSKY] and David BURLIUK (artist), Otkrytie Ameriki

Rare first edition of Mayakovsky's poem, illustrated by Burliuk, here in a fine, pleasant copy.

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