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25 November 2014
PASTERNAK, Boris (1890-1960) – GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832). Faust. Translated by Pasternak. Moscow: Gos. Izdat. khudozhestvennoi literatury, 1953. 8° (201 x 134mm). Frontispiece, plate and vignettes by A. Goncharova. (Light wear to fore edge.) Original brown cloth, spine and front cover stamped in black and gold, spine ruled in blind (minor rubbing, endpapers lightly yellowed). Provenance: Boris Pasternak (presentation inscription to:) – Simon Chikovani (1902-1966, poet).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, OF PASTERNAK’S TRANSLATION OF GOETHE, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY PASTERNAK TO CHIKOVANI, in Russian: ‘to one of the most interesting people and best poets of present times, Simon Chikovani, with love and devotion. B. Pasternak. 9 February 1954’. Chikovani, perhaps best known as spokesman for the group H2SO4, is one the of most innovative 20th-century Georgian poets. This is a wonderful association copy, linking three important poets across time and place.
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