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Sobesednik liubitelei rossiiskogo slova, soderzhashchii raznyia sochineniia v stikhakh i v proze nekotorykh Rossiiskikh pisatelei, chast' X [Colloquium of Lovers of the Russian Word, containing various writings in poetry and prose by certain Russian writers, part 10]
St. Petersburg: izhdiveniem Imperatorskoi Akademii Nauk, 1783. Octavo (21.8 × 12.7 cm). Early twentieth-century quarter leather over five raised bands; marbled paper-covered boards and endpapers; fore and lower edge apparently unresized; 176, [2] pp. Engraved allegorical title vignette. Small private owner label removed from front pastedown; a few leaves lightly foxed, else very good. An attractively-bound copy of issue ten of this famous literary periodical, of which sixteen parts appeared in total in 1783-1784. The journal was published by the Academy of Sciences at the behest of Catherine the Great and in close cooperation with Princess Ekaterina Dashkova (1743-1810), a confidante of Catherine and one of the leading figures of the Russian Enlightenment. "Sobesednik" is unique for being the first attempt to publish only original Russian works, rather than relying in large part on translations of foreign texts. Its influence on Russian literature and language was quite significant and Dashkova and her co-editors were able to involve some of the leading Russian writers of the time, including Gavrila Derzhavin, Ippolit Bogdanovich, Dmitri Fonvizin, Vasilii Kapnist, Ermil Kostrov and Mikhail Kheraskov. The journal also contained numerous original works by Catherine the Great herself, which at times constituted over half of its content. After some controversy the publication ceased after sixteen months. "Long after it had ceased publication it was still cherished by the Russian intelligentsia as a landmark in Russian literature, and although Catherine wrote so much for its pages, it remained Dashkova's journal" (Ian Grey, Catherine the Great). This tenth issue contains the first publication of a humorous ode to immortality, "Khochu k bessmert'iu priiutit'sia", by Aleksandr S. Khvostov's (1753-1820) a Russian diplomat and official who was active as a tranlator and writer and a friend of Derzhavin. Bitovt 2038. KVK, OCLC show complete, or nearly complete, copies only at Columbia, Danish National Library, Harvard, NYPL, and Göttingen, and single volumes at Amherst, Urbana Champaign, and Wisconsin.
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