The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1881
DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Brat'ia Karamazovy. [The Brothers Karamazov.] St Petersburg: Brothers Panteleev, 1881 [but December 1880].

The first edition of Dostoevsky's masterpiece, “the most magnificent novel ever written” (Freud). The author recorded the contemporary responses to his last and greatest novel as follows: “The novel is read everywhere, people send me letters, the youth reads it, it is read in high society, in literature it is abused or praised, and never yet, to judge by the impression it has made all round, have I experienced such success”. Karamazov in a contemporary binding is very rare. Kilgour 286.

Four parts in two volumes, octavo (220 x 150 mm). With half-titles in both volumes but without final blank in vol. 1 (matching ownership inscriptions erased from half-titles, one leaf in vol. 2 with a marginal tear where clumsily opened). Contemporary Russian half roan and marbled boards (spines very neatly repaired at both ends, a few small nicks to joints); custom morocco-edged slipcase; quarter morocco folding box.

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