First prose work of the young Gogol

GOGOL, Nikolai Vasilevich

Bisavriuk, ili vecher nakanune Ivana-Kupala

[Bisavriuk, or St John's Eve] in Otechestvennyia zapiski, vol. 41, nos 118 and 119.

Publication: Pavel Svinin, Skt Peterburg, 1830.

GOGOL, Nikolai Vasilevich, Bisavriuk, ili vecher nakanune Ivana-Kupala

First publication of the first prose work of the young Gogol, one of the greatest Russian authors. Very rare outside Russia and Ukraine.

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Rare first publication of the first prose work by one of the greatest Russian authors, a story later collected in his first masterpiece Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka.

It is published here anonymously, Gogol still smarting from the poor reception that his verse idyll Hans Kuechelgarten had received the previous year: Gogol had bought and destroyed every copy of that poem that he could find.

This volume of the important Russian literary magazine Otechestvennyia zapiski also includes issue number 117, for January 1830.


Indistinct contemporary title signature and shelf mark; Bogoiavlenskii (stamp on title and boards); indistinct stamp of a Moscow institution; Latvijas PSR Zinatnu Akademija (stamp on title verso, with deaccession marks); Robert Eden Martin (b. 1940; American lawyer and noted collector of Russian, British and American literature works).

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Three parts in one volume, 12mo (16.6 x 10 cm).


Contemporary Russian half calf, flat spine with red and black leather labels.


Binding rubbed, labels chipped, lower board with a large loss to the marbled paper, front pastedown lacking; title creased and stained, light scattered spotting, occasional short marginal tears and light soiling.

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