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Petersburg Collection
St. Peterburg Eduard Prats 1846 - First Appearance of Dostoevsky's First Novel "Poor Folk" [DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor]. [NEKRASOV, N., editor]. [Poor Folk] published in the Petersburg Collection. St. Peterburg: Eduard Prats, 1846. First edition and first appearance of Dostoevsky's first novel, therefore making this his first original work in print. Octavo (8 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches; 225 x 150 mm). [4], 560 pp. (Poor Folk, page 1-166). With black-and-white text illustrations throughout (although none in the text of Poor Folk). Text in Russian. Contemporary half brown calf over marbled boards, rebacked to style. Calf tooled in blind. Spine with five raised bands, ruled in gilt. Edges speckled red. Newer endpaper. Boards lightly rubbed. Inner hinges repaired. A bit of light foxing throughout, and along edges of text block. A small faint dampstain along top margin to second half of book. Overall a very good copy, housed in a leather-tipped cardboard slipcase. This is the first issued edition of the journal Peterburgsky Sbornik (Petersburg Collection). It houses the first appearance of Dostoevsky's Poor Folk along with the writings of many other authors including an important essay by the famous critic V. G. Belinsky, an early article by Iskander (pseudonym of A. I. Herzen), V. F. Odoevsky, N. A. Nekrasov, I. I. Panaev, V. ? Sollogub, ? N. Maykov. and includes two of Turgenev's earliest stories (his Sportman Sketches did not appear until 1847). Also a poem by editor Nekrasov, "The release of the journal's first issue with Nekrasov's poem The Lullaby unleashed a storm from the censor." (Saint Petersburg Encyclopaedia). "Most of the illustrations are by Agin (1818-1870), 'the best Russian illustrator of the time.'" (Kuzminsky, 1923). "The British Museum does not posses the first edition; they have a later reprint of the same year, omitting the details of the authors on the title-page, the table of contents and the censor's permit of 12 January 1846 (on verso if the title in the first edition) and without the duplicate pages" (Sothebys, November 1966) (Present copy does not have duplicate pages, but does contain author details, contents page and dated censor's permit). Prior to writing Poor Folk, Dostoevsky had translated a few foreign novels, but was having financial difficulty partially due to gambleing debt. He decided to write his own work and presented it to the poet Nekrasov who was planning on putting out a journal. The work was very well received by both Nekrasov and critic Belinsky and ultimately featured in Nekarsov's St. Petersburg Collection on January 15, 1846. "Dostoevsky's first published effort was a translation of Eugenie Grandet in 1844, but his real literary debut came a year later, with the circulation of Poor Folk. It was a prepublication success. Nekrasov, who had intended to read only ten pages of the manuscript, ended by staying up most of the night with it and passed it on to Belinsky with the announcement that 'a new Gogol had appeared!'" (Dostoevsky and Romantic Realism, Donald Fanger). HBS 66595. $22,500 [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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