An "unsurpassed work of Russian and world literature" (Lenin)


Zapiski iz mertvago doma

[Memoirs from the House of the Dead]

Publication: Iosafat Ogrizko, Skt. Peterburg, 1862.

DOSTOEVSKY, Fedor, Zapiski iz mertvago doma

First complete edition of Dostoevsky’s famous work, here in a contemporary Russian binding and good condition.

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First complete edition of this early masterpiece by Dostoevsky, greatly appreciated by Tolstoy and which Lenin described as an ‘unsurpassed work of Russian and world literature’. Dostoevsky’s passionate description of life in a Siberian prison camp is based on his own experience of four years of imprisonment in Katoga prison camp near Omsk, Siberia. It “provided the Russian public with its first, terrifying image of what lay ahead for those sentenced for a political crime […] No writer was now more celebrated than Dostoevsky, whose name was surrounded with the halo of his former suffering” (Frank).

Marked as “second edition” on the title pages, this edition follows the publication of volume one only, by Eduard Prats, and the serial publication by Bazunov in the periodical Vremia [Time], both also in 1862.


Mikhail Krasnov (European private collector).


Frank, Dostoevsky. The Stir of Liberation, p.140; Kilgour 279 (this edition).

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Physical Description

Two volumes in one 8vo. Complete with half-titles.


Contemporary Russian brown roan spine over burgundy cloth panelled in blind.


Binding a bit rubbed, rebacked retaining most of the original spine retained, small blue ink dealer’s stamp to lower endpapers; some foxing or staining throughout as often, a bit stronger on first half-title and last page.

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