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First edition of Tolstoy’s masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of world literature.
A bibliophile set: a tall example in its first binding retaining the very rare, original 6-volume presentation; with only minimal external surface restoration, and none whatsoever internally: nothing cleaned, nothing repaired. The great collector M. Lesman owned a set bound in 3 volumes, as usually found.
N. V. (Cyrillics initials to spine feet).
Kilgour 1196; Lesman 2247.
Six volumes large 8vo (24 x 16 cm; block c. 23.5 x 15.5 cm). Half-title, title, 297 and 146 pp.; half-title, title, 186 pp. and a blank leaf; half-title, title and 284 pp.; half-title, title and 336 pp.; half-tite, title and 323 pp.; half-title, title, 290 pp. and a blank leaf; with the odd pagination mistakes as in Kilgour.
Contemporary Russian dark green half roan over dark green marbled boards, flat spines lettered in gilt with gilt fillets, marbled edges.
Bindings a bit rubbed, esp. at extremities, vol. 1 a bit more worn, head of its spine tender, only with light surface restoration; light foxing throughout, mostly marginal, the odd minor staining or dampstaining, a larger, old black ink stain to the blank margin of c. 20 ll. in vol. 1, part 2, not affecting text, 4 pp. in vol. 6 never bound (missed by the binder) and loosely inserted, as a result with margins slightlty creased.