Famous short story - with the original wrappers


Khoziain i rabotnik. Rasskaz

[Master and Man. A Story]

Publication: I.D. Sytin for Posrednik, Moskva, 1895.

TOLSTOY, Leo, Khoziain i rabotnik. Rasskaz

Pleasant example, finely bound with the original wrappers, of this important short story by one of the greatest Russian authors. First issue of the first edition.

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The first edition of one of Tolstoy’s greatest and most popular short stories, with the original wrappers.

This copy bears the correct first issue points: the printed wrapper is priced 20 kopeks, and the text shows the printed censorship date of 17 February 1895. Master and Man proved hugely popular, selling 15,000 copies within four days of its publication on 05 March 1895. To meet demand, Posrednik – Tolstoy’s own publishing house – issued another edition on 09 March, priced at 3 kopeks.

Master and Man reflect aspects of Tolstoy’s own spiritual conversion, and is sometimes seen as a companion piece to Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886)


Prochian (bookplate); Robert Eden Martin (b. 1940; American lawyer and noted collector of Russian, British and American literature works).

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Physical Description

Twelvemo (19.8 x 13.1 cm). Complete.


Original wrappers and spine printed in red and black on cream paper and kept in later red morocco spine over marbled boards, the spine flat and lettered in gilt.


Wrapper spine worn, light wear to the covers; occasional faint marginal soiling.

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