St. Petersburg: F.S. Suchinsky, 1878. Item #12
147, III pp. 8vo.
Frontispiece is a drawing from a photo of Nekrasov on his deathbed by William Carrick. Contemporary quarter-leather. Good condition. Spine leather restored. Rare.
A volume of stories collected to commemorate the death of the Russian classic poet, N. A. Nekrasov (1821-1877) printed immediately after his passing in a limited number of copies.
In this collection different contemporary writers shared stories about him. The most well-known figure among them is Dostoevsky (1821-1881) who wrote three of the stories. Others include Polonsky, Arseniev, Palmin etc. The profit from the sale of the book was used to fund the Nekrasov Scholarship for students of St Petersburg University.
The drawing at the front of the book is a rare picture of Nekrasov made by I. Mikhailov from a photograph that William Carrick took just days before Nekrasov’s death. William Carrick (1827-1878) was an artist and photographer from Edinburgh, Scotland, who spent most of his life in Russia. He had a photographic studio in the center of St Petersburg. He was associated with the finest Russian artists of the time: Zichy, Ge, Kramskoy and Vasnetsov, who hired him to take photographs of their works and to make prints. His son, Valery, became one of the most successful children’s writers in pre-revolutionary Russia.