In uniform contemporary bindings

OSTROVSKII, Aleksandr Nikolaevich



Publication: V. Dumnov, Nasledniki Br. Salaevykh, Moskva, 1890.

OSTROVSKII, Aleksandr Nikolaevich, Sochineniia

Collected works of one of the most important Russian playwrights – the first posthumous edition.

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The first posthumous edition of the collected works of this important author, which among others includes such well-known dramas as ‘Bednaia nevesta’ [The Poor Bride] and ‘Volki i ovtsi’ [Wolves and Sheep]. Author of more than 40 plays and translations of further ones, Ostrovskii (1823-86) almost single-handedly created a Russian national repertoire. His dramas, many of which are concerned with the Russian merchant class, are among the most widely read and frequently performed stage pieces in Russia: “they provide, along with Shakespeare, the bulk of the classical repertoire of the Russian stage” (Terras, 371).


A. (lettered in gilt at foot spines); Avenir Nizoff (a pianist who lived in Edmonton, Canada, in the second half of the 20th century, and gathered a large, wide-ranging library of Russian works, especially covering art, history and literature).


Terras, pp. 292 and 371-375.

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Physical Description

Ten parts in 6 volumes 8vo (22.5 x 16 cm). Title, LVII pp. incl. engraved portrait frontispiece, 331; [4], 334, [4], 407; [4], 267, [4], 288; [4], 432, [4], 367; [4], 504; [4], including frontispiece, 652 pp.


Contemporary brown grained half sheep over burgundy cloth, spines with raised bands, lettered in gilt, decorated endpapers, green bookmarks.


Bindings a bit brittle, as result lightly rubbed and scratched, minor worming to endpapers of vol 1; some spotting or foxing throughout, sometimes stronger, small ink stamps “M4″to the last pages of the parts, vol.5-6 with waterstain to upper margin.

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