Moscow: Tipo-lit. Tov-va I.N. Kushnera, 1896. Item #177
Pp. 117-161. 23,7x15 cm. In modern half-leather and case. Fine, a few pencil markings.
First publication of Chekhov’s The Seagull. Very rare.
The Seagull is generally considered to be the first of his four major plays. The play was written in 1895 and first produced in 1896.
After the production failed Chekhov was in embittered mood even though he was receiving good reviews and support. He at first turned down Lavrov’s and Goltsev’s offer to publish the text of the play in ‘Russian Thought’ and gave his permission only after their repeated and insistent pleas. In its printed form the play brought Chekhov many new admirers but it also was rejected by some people. That first production had censor corrections but in first publication Chekhov removed those corrections.