DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881). Dnevnik pisatelia. [A Writer's Diary.] St Petersburg: Fyodor Dostoevsky at the presses of Obolenskii, Putsykovich, Brothers Panteleev, and Suvorin, 1877-1878, 1880-1881.
The first edition; a complete set. 'This personal periodical was an enormous success, reaching a larger audience than any previous journal of comparable intellectual seriousness […] It was the Diary of a Writer, in combination with his appearances on the platform as reader and speaker, that helped to create his "prophetic" status' (Frank, p.3). The January 1877 issue contains 'some of the most touchingly evocative autobiographical pages in all of Russian literature' (Frank, p.236). The issue for August 1880 consists of Dostoevsky’s impassioned speech about Pushkin, delivered at the Pushkin Festival in the spring of 1880. The final issue, January 1881, 'was completed on the last day of Dostoevsky’s working life, and published just as his remains were being taken to the grave' (Frank, p.729). This important collection of shorter prose also includes masterpieces like 'Krotkaia' and 'Son smeshnogo cheloveka', and his opinions of Tolstoy, Nekrasov and others. This copy was previously in the collection of A.E. Cheremshanskii, a noted psychiatrist who is also known for having translated Krafft-Ebing into Russian, including his Psychopathia sexualis. Frank, Dostoevsky. The Mantle of the Prophet (Princeton: 2002); Kilgour 284, 285; Smirnov-Sokol'skii, Moia biblioteka, 691-694.
26 parts in 23 [i.e. including three double numbers, all issued] bound together in one volume, octavo (254 x 164mm). (The first volume without the general title and content leaf issued post facto and noted only in some copies; occasional light spotting; occasional soiling.) Contemporary Russian quarter leather and brown cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Aleksandr Evgrafovich Cheremshanskii (b.1838, psychiatrist; binding, stamp on free endpaper); 'Bel. 244', 'IEF-220', '891.7-3' small pressmarks on the first leaf.