London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
BARATYNSKII, Evgenii Abramovich (1800-1844). Stikhotovoreniia. [Poems.] Moscow: Avgust Semen, 1835. 2 parts in 1 vol., 8° (210 x 130mm). With the half-titles and contents leaves. Engraved portrait frontispiece. (Faint dampstain on the portrait, some spotting mostly in the margins.) 19th-century Russian half-leather, spine lettered in gilt (extremities rubbed). Provenance: Paul M. Fekula.
FIRST EDITION. The Fekula copy, complete with the portait by Skotnikov after Briulov. Baratynskii 'was a poet much admired by Pushkin, whose closest rival he was' (Fekula). V. Belinsky remarked that 'of all the poets who appeared at the same time as Pushkin, pride of place undoubtedly belongs to Baratynsky'. Fekula 4518 (this copy); Kilgour 103; Smirnov-Sokol'skii 504.
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