St. Petersburg: tip. Kukol'-Yasnopol'skogo, 1867. Item #139
, 474, IV pp., 1 port. 8vo. Contemporary quarter-leather binding with gilt-lettering and decoration on the spine, decorations on boards in blind. Very good. Rubbed, few spots and owner's ink stamp on the title-page.
First edition. The book is translated from German the year after original publication.
The first book about Linkoln in Russian came out in time of interesting parallels between America and Russia in 1860s. Avraam Linkoln was more influencial in Russian life than it seemed at first.
Although they were very different Russia and USA maintained friendly relations during difficult for America 1860s. Lincoln personally asked Russian chancellor A. Gorchakov for help and Gorchakov sent him these words: "Your country was just born when Russians stand by your bedside. We don't need neither Northern nor Southern states. We'll be satisfied only with United Stated of America". Lincoln always said Russian and America were congenial. In 1863-1864 Russian navy visited San-Francisco (squadron of rear admiral A. Popov) and New York (squadron of rear admiral S. Lesovsky) to protect American ports if English or French forces attacked them.
There is also an interesting parallel between two leaders living in the same time - Lincoln, emancipator of slaves, and Alexander II The Liberator of serfs. Both signed the most significant documents of the time with two years difference. Well-known that Uncle Tom's Cabin was almost a desk book for Lincoln. Its French copy was also in personal library of Tsar. They were corresponding, and though it's quite formal Alexander signed his letters "Your good friend" in Russian and French while Lincoln did the same in English. Both tragically were murdered by their opponents.
In 1867 American delegation with Mark Twain among them met with Alexander II in Livadia and gave him a thanksgiving address which contained these words: "America owes much to Russia: first of all for her unwavering friendship in the years of her greatest need. We pray to God this friendship continues in future. We are confident America is grateful and will be grateful to Russia and her Sovereign". .