[ANNA KARENINA: FIRST APPEARANCE IN PRINT] Anna Karenina // Russkiy vestnik [Russian Herald]. Leo Tolstoy.

[ANNA KARENINA: FIRST APPEARANCE IN PRINT] Anna Karenina // Russkiy vestnik [Russian Herald]

Item #42

1875. vol. CXV, nos. 1—4; 1876, vol. CXXI, nos. 1—2, vol. CXXII, nos. 3—4, vol. CXXVI, No 12; 1877, vol. CXXVII, nos. 1—4.
8vo, pp. [243]-336, [1], [742]-817, [2], [246]-316, [1], [572]- 641, [1], [305]-390, [679]-745, [1], [291]-339, [1], [641]-693, [1], [687]-737, [1], [267]-324, [1], [830]-898, [329]-382, [709]- 763, [1]. Any sections of text not from Anna Karenina are covered in old paper. Inkstains to first few leaves, edges guarded, some mild staining and fingermarking in places, some marginal waterstaining towards the end. Contemporary half morocco, re-backed preserving original spine. All parts bound together.
Anna Karenina was serialized in Russkiy Vestnik in 1875. This copy was created by a devoted reader who removed all the parts from 13 issues of the journal and bound them in a single volume. Owing to a political disagreement between Tolstoy and the journal’s publisher, Mikhail Katkov, over Serbian independence (Katkov and his journal were in favour, and Tolstoy was against) the last part of the story was never printed. A complete edition (with the final part) was published in book form in 1878, but this was the only separate edition (that is, excluding collections and selections) during Tolstoy’s lifetime.

Rare both as an example of devotion to Tolstoy by an unknown reader and as the first appearance in print of this canonical text.

Price: $6,000.00

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