[NABOKOV, Vladimir Dmitrievich, as:] SIRIN, V, Mashenka,Slovo, Berlin , 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
Rouslane et Ludmile
[PUSHKIN] - Alexandre POUCHKINE, Véra STARKOFF (transl.) and Marie EGOROFF (artist), Rouslane et Ludmile,Lafoyer, Vannes, for Librairie de l'art indépendant, Paris , 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
Il Prigioniero del Caucaso
I Quattro Poemi maggiori di Alessandro Pouschkine
[PUSHKIN] - Alessandro POUSCHKINE, Alessandro ROCCHIGIANI (translator) [and] Cesare BOCCELLA (translator), Il Prigioniero del Caucaso
I Quattro Poemi maggiori di Alessandro Pouschkine,Napoli, Stamperia e Cartiera del Fibreno, 1834 [and] Pisa, Didot , 1841.
The first two Italian translations of Russia's greatest poet, both examples in lovely condition, bound in plain wrappers. Both books are very rare. Read More
TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich, Anna Karenina,T.Ris, Moskva , 1878.
Tolstoy's masterpiece in first edition: a complete example of this classic of Russian and world literature in contemporary Russian binding. Read More
Posle Rossii. 1922-1925
TSVETAEVA, Marina, Posle Rossii. 1922-1925,Imp. Union for I.E. Povolotsky, Paris , 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
Volshebnyi fonar. Vtoraia kniga stikhov
TSVETAEVA, Marina Ivanovna, Volshebnyi fonar. Vtoraia kniga stikhov,Ole-Lukoie, Moskva , 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
AKHMATOVA, Anna, Isaac BABEL, Iosif BRODSKII, Osip MANDELSHTAM, Vladimir NABOKOV, Boris PASTERNAK, Marina TSVETAEVA et al, Vozdushnye Puti,New York , 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
BULGAKOV, Mikhail, Sobache serdtse,London, Student, Zhurnal Avangarda Sovetskoi Literaturi, Flegon Press , 1968.
First publication in Russian of Bulgakov's suppressed satirical masterpiece, banned in Soviet Union until 20 years later. Read More
BULGAKOV, Mikhail (and others), Khanskii ogon,Rabochee izd-vo Priboi, Leningrad , 1924.
First appearance in print of this short story by Bulgakov, the celebrated author of 'Master and Margarita': an early publication of one of Russia's best novelists, before he was banned. Rarely found. Read More
Typed letter signed ('Anna Akhmatova') to Boris Tarasov ('Dear Boris Aleksandrovich')
AKHMATOVA, Anna, Typed letter signed ('Anna Akhmatova') to Boris Tarasov ('Dear Boris Aleksandrovich'),Moscow , 25 November 1962.
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
Bisavriuk, ili vecher nakanune Ivana-Kupala
GOGOL, Nikolai Vasilevich, Bisavriuk, ili vecher nakanune Ivana-Kupala,Pavel Svinin, Skt Peterburg , 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
Virgillieva Eneida, na malorossiiskii iazyk prelozhennaia
KOTLIAREVSKII, Ivan Petrovich, Virgillieva Eneida, na malorossiiskii iazyk prelozhennaia,Meditsinskaia tip., Skt Peterburg , 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
Detstvo i Otrochestvo
TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich, Detstvo i Otrochestvo,Torletskii and Terekhov, Moskva , 1876.
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. Read More
ESENIN, Sergei, with Boris PASTERNAK, Andrei BELII et al, Iav. Stikhi,[Iav, Moskva,] , 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
O znamenitykh russkikh liudiakh
SKITALETS [pseud. of Stepan Gavrilovich PETROV].
, O znamenitykh russkikh liudiakh,Nagoia, Robunkaku , 1927.
Very rare Russian book published in Japan, presenting short sketches of important Russian contemporaries, such as Tolstoy, Lenin, Gorky and Pleakhanov. Read More