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Russian Fables by A.I. Krylov with parallel translation into French and Italian by different authors].
Didot for Bossange Le Duc d'Orléans Paris 1825 - Two vols, octavo (20.9 x 13.4 cm). Half-title, titles in Russian and French, engraved frontispiece, LXI, 245, [3] pp.; half-title, titles in Russian and French, 378, [3] pp., with 5 engraved plates; occasional spotting and offsetting from plates. Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, green morocco labels to spine, compartments gilt ruled; minor restoration to spines. A fresh example with wide margins of this edition comprising 86 original fables of the "Russian Lafontaine" accompanied by the translations into Italian and French that were prepared by more than eighty litterateurs. The original idea to publish a selection of Krylov's fables with translations into European languages belonged to Anna Ivanovna Orlova - the wife of the Privy Councillor, Count Grigoriy Vladimirovich Orlov. During her trip around Italy she collected translations of the Ivan Andreevich's fables by most outstanding poets of the country. Later in the Orlovs' Paris salon Grigoriy Vladimirovich organised preparation of the multilingual edition of the fables. The list of the French translators even included the name of the famous author of "La Marseillaise" Rouget de Lisle. The edition itself stands out by its superb typographical production. Specially for this publication Francois Didot, one of the best typographies in Paris, ordered Cyrillic type. Illustrations of the fables were engraved by Sh. Beye and Ken. According to Vereshchagin "the book is rare", which can be explained by the fact that immediately after the publication most of the copies were sold in Paris and very few were actually brought to Russia. Fekula 4857 ("Rare" and illustrated; lacking a plate); Smirnov-Sok. 790; Vereshchagin 414. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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