[FIRST THREE SISTERS] Tri sestry [i.e. Three Sisters] // Russkaia mysl’. God dvadtsat’ vtoroi. Kniga II [i.e. Russian Thought. Twenty-Second Year. Book II].
Moscow: Tipo-lit. I. N. Kushnerev i Ko, 1901. Item #611
, 218 pp.,  pp. - ad. 24x16 cm. In modern half leather with gilt lettering and inlaid colored ornament on the spine, with marbled edges. Pre-revolutionary stamp on t.p., a couple of stains on p.6-7, otherwise near fine.
The first appearance of the play in print. The play was included in this periodical on pp. 124-178 among other pieces of literary, politician and art criticism. The magazine published the review on the first performance as well. Chekhov wrote ‘Three Sisters’ for Moscow Art Theatre, it was staged there in 1901 and published shortly after that. Stanislavsky recognized the work as the best Chekhov’s play, but until it would be crowned with success, the text passed through the changes and doubts. Chekhov brought the comedy, the theatre had performed the
This is the early version of the text which the author wanted to change and published in the next issue of ‘Russian Thought’. The magazine’s editorial didn’t have the manuscript and used one of the actor’s copies provided by Nemirovich-Danchenko. The first separate edition followed later the same year (St. Petersburg: Marx, 1901) and presented some corrections.
According to the Worldcat, 6 copies of this issue located at University of Illinois and California (NRLF), UC Berkeley, Cornell, Harvard and Stanford Universities.