29 November 2007
USPENSKII, Gleb (1843-1902). Sochineniia. [Writings]. Edited by Nikolai Mikhailovskii. St. Petersburg: by Iu. N. Erlich and others for F. Pavlenkov, 1889 and 1891.
3 vols, 8° (270 x 180mm). Portrait frontispiece in vol. 1. (Light marginal browning.) Contemporary brown half-morocco (scuffed, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Alexander III (early bookplates, stamps) -- 'Printed in Russia' (stamp) -- Paul M. Fekula.
ALEXANDER III'S SET, FROM THE PALACE LIBRARY AT TSARSKOE SELO. First edition of vol. 3, and third (lifetime) edition of vols 1 and 2. Mirsky describes Uspenskii as 'one of the most representative and characteristic figures of the best type of Russian intellectual'; his writing marked by 'gifts of humor and intense humanity, of sober, unobscured vision'. Fekula 5412 (this copy); Mirsky, A History of Russian Literature 1949, pp. 286-7; Muratova 17147. (3)
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