In the publisher's wrappers

LORENS, D. G. [D. H. LAWRENCE] and Tatiana LESHCHENKO (transl.)

Liubovnik ledi Chatterlei
£3,950

LORENS, D. G. [D. H. LAWRENCE] and Tatiana LESHCHENKO (transl.), Liubovnik ledi Chatterlei, , 1932.
First edition in Russian of Lawrence's famous scandalous work, banned in the UK, USA and Soviet Union. An early translation by a talented Russian woman who went from Moscow to New York and to the GULAG, and inspired Solzhenitsyn. Very rare: no copy in Russian libraries, none in the UK, only two traced in WorldCat (Princeton and Syracuse). Read More

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The birth of a great novelist

[NABOKOV, Vladimir Dmitrievich, as:] SIRIN, V

Mashenka
£6,950

[NABOKOV, Vladimir Dmitrievich, as:] SIRIN, V, Mashenka, , 1926.
First edition of Nabokov's first novel, in the original Russian: a great example of this important edition, in the original publisher's wrappers in very good condition. Read More

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One of 60 nominal copies

AKHMATOVA, Anna

Podorozhnik
£1,750

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Podorozhnik, , 1921.
First edition of this celebrated poetry collection by one of Russia's best poets. A fresh example of the rare issue of only 60 nominal copies. Read More

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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, , 1898.
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. Read More

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First Russian edition, at Miller's request

MILLER, Genri [Henry] and Georgii EGOROV (transl.)

Tropik raka
£2,750

MILLER, Genri [Henry] and Georgii EGOROV (transl.), Tropik raka, , 1964.
First Russian edition, initiated by Miller himself as soon as 1964, of this most transgressive work, banned in the USA and in Soviet Union. Published by Rosset in New York, limited to 200 copies, and now very rare on the market. Read More

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Warmly inscribed by Burliuk

BURLIUK, David, Aleksandra EKSTER, Maria VASILIEVA (artists) and Benedict LIVSHITS (author)

Volchie solntse. Kniga stikhov vtoraia [v] "Futuristy"
£2,950

BURLIUK, David, Aleksandra EKSTER, Maria VASILIEVA (artists) and Benedict LIVSHITS (author), Volchie solntse. Kniga stikhov vtoraia [v] "Futuristy", , 1914.
Warmly inscribed by Burliuk to "the best customer" Lev Grinkrug. First edition of this collection of futurist poetry, illustrated with plates by Burliuk and two famous Russian avant-garde female artists: Exter and Vasilieva. Read More

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

BULGAKOV, Mikhail

Sobache serdtse
£1,750

BULGAKOV, Mikhail, Sobache serdtse, , 1969.
Uncommon first book edition in Russian of Bulgakov's suppressed satirical masterpiece. A lovely copy in its original wrappers by Annenkov. Read More

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Her last poems - in original wrappers

TSVETAEVA, Marina

Posle Rossii. 1922-1925
£3,950

TSVETAEVA, Marina, Posle Rossii. 1922-1925, , 1928.
The last poetry of Russia's great poetess, banned in the USSR: a fine example of the first edition, in the original wrappers. Includes one of Tsvetaeva's most famous poems. Read More

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Possibly Russia's greatest poetess - in the original velvet

TSVETAEVA, Marina Ivanovna

Volshebnyi fonar. Vtoraia kniga stikhov
£19,500

TSVETAEVA, Marina Ivanovna, Volshebnyi fonar. Vtoraia kniga stikhov, , 1912.
RARE FIRST EDITION OF Tsvetaeva's SECOND BOOK OF POETRY, CONTAINING TWO OF the MOST FAMOUS POEMS of the Russian writer. One of only 500 copies; an attractive example with the fragile original velvet binding unrestored. Read More

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£1,500

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Isaac BABEL, Iosif BRODSKII, Osip MANDELSHTAM, Vladimir NABOKOV, Boris PASTERNAK, Marina TSVETAEVA et al, Vozdushnye Puti, , 1960-67.
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. Read More

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

BULGAKOV, Mikhail

Sobache serdtse
£1,000

BULGAKOV, Mikhail, Sobache serdtse, , 1968.
First publication in Russian of Bulgakov's suppressed satirical masterpiece, banned in Soviet Union until 20 years later. Read More

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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'), , 25-Nov-62.
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. Read More

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First prose work of the young Gogol

GOGOL, Nikolai Vasilevich

Bisavriuk, ili vecher nakanune Ivana-Kupala
£4,950

GOGOL, Nikolai Vasilevich, Bisavriuk, ili vecher nakanune Ivana-Kupala, , 1830.
First publication of the first prose work of the young Gogol, one of the greatest Russian authors. Very rare outside Russia and Ukraine. Read More

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A Black Sea youth

AKHMATOVA, Anna

U samogo moria
£850

AKHMATOVA, Anna, U samogo moria, , 1921.
A fine example of the first edition of this important autobiographical poem by one of the best Russian poets, and a victim of Soviet censorship. Read More

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The birth of Ukrainian literature

KOTLIAREVSKII, Ivan Petrovich

Virgillieva Eneida, na malorossiiskii iazyk prelozhennaia
£5,950

KOTLIAREVSKII, Ivan Petrovich, Virgillieva Eneida, na malorossiiskii iazyk prelozhennaia, , 1809.
The first literary work wholly written in modern Ukrainian: a important edition of the main book written by "the father of modern Ukrainian literature" (Encycl. Britannica). This is the first edition authorised by the author and the first to include 4 parts, with a dictionnary of more than 1000 Ukrainian words. A very rare book: only two copies in WorldCat and no copy traced outside Russia and Ukraine in recent decades. Read More

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Tolstoy's answer to Chekhov - unopened

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich [TOLSTOI]

Zhivoi trup. Drama v 6 deistviyakh i 12 kartinakh
£1,000

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich [TOLSTOI], Zhivoi trup. Drama v 6 deistviyakh i 12 kartinakh, , 1912.
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". Read More

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Fantastic association copy in striking binding

ESENIN, Sergei, with Boris PASTERNAK, Andrei BELII et al

Iav. Stikhi
£9,500

ESENIN, Sergei, with Boris PASTERNAK, Andrei BELII et al, Iav. Stikhi, , 1919.
Exceptional association copy of these scandalous Russian imaginist poems, extensively inscribed by three co-authors – including Esenin - to a fourth one, Alexander Olenin. With Aristarkh Lentulov's striking cover bound in a very unusual cloth-and-wicker binding of the time. One of the best, if not the best example of this famous book of Russian poetry. Read More

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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"
£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", , 1868.
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. Read More

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