Moscow: Posrednik, 1903. Item #104
82 pp.: port. 20,5x15 cm. In later plain wrappers. Rubbed wrappers, with some soiling and owner's pencil markings in the text, bookshop markings on the inner side of the back cover. Otherwise a very good copy.
Thoreau had a major influence on a lot of writers, philosophers like Gandhi and Martin L. King. Among those was Leo Tolstoy. He developed a great interest in Henry Thoreau in 1890s. He owned a few copies of his works with his marginalia and markings. This edition contains 213 numbered fragments from Thoreau's works. More than 90 of 213 were marked by Tolstoy.
The book doesn't have an introduction. Apparently, publishers assumed readers were already familiar with Thoreau's name (it's true his works were published several times in 19th century). This edition includes his thoughts on aesthetics, moral, politics which help one to create a image of author's ideology. It's possible the book was quickly sold out because later it became necessary to publish the full version of Walden (Moscow: Posrednik, 1910).
The first extracts from Walden in Russian translation appeared in 1900 (Moscow).