London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
RYLEEV, Kondratii Fedorovich (1795-1826). Dumy. [Meditations.] [Bound with:] Voinarovskii. Moscow: Selibanovskii, 1825. 2 works in 1 vol., 8° (185 x 110mm). With the half-title. Engraved title. (Occasional light browning.) Contemporary Russian green half-leather, flat spine lettered and tooled in gilt (corners rubbed). Provenance: 'A.R.' (binding) -- G.D. Kseniia Aleksandrovna (bookplate) -- Mariia N. Troinitskaia (bookplate) -- V.I. Klochkov (book label) -- Paul M. Fekula.
FIRST EDITION, GRAND DUCHESS KSENIIA ALEKSANDROVNA'S COPY, later in the collections of Mariia Troinitskaia, wife of the curator of the Imperial Hermitage Museum, and Paul M. Fekula. The initials in gilt on the contemporary binding indicate that the copy may have been first owned by the author's mother Anastasia, or his half sister Anna. In January 1825 Pushkin wrote to Ryleev that he was impatient for 'Voinarovskii' to be published: 'this poem must enter our Literature'. Ryleev was executed the year after publication for his part in the Decembrist revolt. Fekula 5242; Kilgour 994-5; Smirnov-Sokol'skii 1081.
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