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MICKIEWICZ, Adam.
Pan Tadeusz czyli ostatni zajazd na Litwie. Historja szlachecka z r. 1811 i 1812 we dwunastu ksiegach, wierszem, przez Adama Mickiewicza
Aleksander Jelowicki, Paryz, 1834. (170 x 120mm). 2 volumes in one. 8, s. 253, [2]; 300, [3], vignettes in a woodcut (including a portrait of Napoleon), a bust of the author in a steel engraving (frontispiece) made by Antoni Oleszczynski. Contemporary full leather bound, four raised bands, embossed line and a little decoration in a middle of panels, marbled endpapers, housed in a box. First edition of Mickiewicz's masterpiece and Poland's national epic, Master Thaddeus, which describes the life of a rural community at the arrival of Napoleon in 1812. At this time the dual Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania had been dismembered by the various Partitions of Poland-Lithuania undertaken by Prussia, Russia and Austro-Hungary, and Mickiewicz's poem was a lament to that lost time. Mickiewicz (1798-1855) was born in Lithuania but wrote in Polish, and is considered the national poet of Poland. He had been exiled from his native land for his part in the political uprisings against the Russian authorities, and in 1832 he settled in Paris, where Pan Tadeusz was published, free from the restrictions of the Russian censors. The publisher, Jelowicki (1804-1877), was a fellow Polish political exile in Paris who published a substantial number of Polish works and also ran a bookshop which acted as a meeting point for Polish exiles. Complete copy. Traces of dirty, moisture and flooding, slightly soiling here and there, slightly foxing. A few cards professionally repaired and taped, slightly damages to some pages. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Michal Sawka Rare & Collectable [London, United Kingdom]
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