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The Autobiography of Countess Sophie Tolstoi. With preface and notes by Vasilii Spiridonov. Translated by S. S. Koteliansky and Leonard Woolf
1922. First edition, one of a thousand copies printed. 8vo. Original blue marbled paper covered boards, spine and front board lettered in black to white paper labels. London, Hogarth Press. Written by Countess Sophia Tolstoy in the year 1913, it was not published in Russia until a year after her death in 1919. The manuscript was found among S. A. Vegenerov's papers, who had died in 1920, and published in the Russian periodical Nachala, by Vasilii Spiridonov. Included is Spiridonov's preface, the translators note by Leonard Woolf and a few appendices to help contextualise the text, including Leo Tolstoy's wills and a few relevant diary entries. Tolstoy's marriage was in the end, an unhappy one, as Leo Tolstoy's beliefs became more radical the marriage deteriorated. Ten days before his death he left his wife in the middle of the night and boarded a train, leaving her a letter. The controversy of this sparked much public interest. Sophia Tolstoy was portrayed in the public as the nagging wife who drove him away. She wrote this autobiography in part to clear her name. Contemporary ownership inscription: ?Caroline Churchill 1922? A very good copy, spine sunned, and extremities quite badly rubbed, some offsetting to free endpapers. Rare in commerce. Woolmer, 25. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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