St. Petersburg: Tip. A. Kotomina, 1875. Item #1046
XXXII, 448 pp. 26,5x19 cm. In contemporary red cloth with gilt lettering on the spine and colored decorative elements on the front cover. Some rubbing and foxing, lack of the front flyleaf, otherwise very good.
First and only edition. This is the first Russian collection of the prominent English, Scottish, Irish and American poets.
The book contains works by 34 authors: Chaucer, Spencer, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Thomson, Gray, Goldsmith, Macpherson, Chatterton, Crabbe, Wordsworth, W. Scott, Coleridge, Southey, Campbell, Burns, Elliott, Moore, Wilson, Lord Byron, Woolf, Shelley, Hemans, Procter, Bryant, Motherwell, Hood, Macaulay, Longfellow, Tennyson and Browning.
This collection was combined by Nikolai Gerbel’ (1827-1883), the important figure in the Russian Shakespeareana community, editor and translator. Apart from the poetry, some folklore and the essay on the English verses are published.
Worldcat shows two paper copies located in Ohio University and New York Public Library.