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FET, Afanasy Afanasyevich (1820-1892). Liricheskij panteon. [The Lyrical Pantheon]. Moscow: S. Selivanovskij, 1840.
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FET, Afanasy Afanasyevich (1820-1892). Liricheskij panteon. [The Lyrical Pantheon]. Moscow: S. Selivanovskij, 1840.

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FET, Afanasy Afanasyevich (1820-1892). Liricheskij panteon. [The Lyrical Pantheon]. Moscow: S. Selivanovskij, 1840.

The rare first edition of the first book of verse, published by the author under the name ‘A.F.’ when he was a student at Moscow University and a member of Apollon Griboedov’s circle. Fet did not reprint this edition, nor did he republish most of the poems contained here, imbued with the author’s passion for Schiller, Goethe and Pushkin. Many of the poems for which he later became renowned, including translations and original poetry, derive from those years (Terras). Rare in institutions and on the market: RBH records no other copy offered at auction. Not in Smirnov-Sokol’skii. Terras, Handbook of Russian Literature, p. 136.

Octavo (205 x 140mm). With the half-title, wood-engraved vignettes (half-title, title and first two leaves a little soiled, last toned, four leaves reinforced at gutter, occasional spotting). 20th-century mauve cloth, patterned endpapers, original printed upper wrapper preserved (light soiling). Provenance: unidentified contemporary inscription and shelfmarks ‘378’ and ‘IV/135’ to wrapper, repeated to title with ‘B6501’ - rubber stamp in Cyrillic of ‘Biblioteka B.S.M.D.A. I.S. Aksakova’.
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