Leipzig: Wolfgang Gerhard, 1873-1882. Item #75
Stepnoi korol' Lir [i.e. King Lear of the Steppes]. Leipzig: Wolfgang Gerhard, 1873. 144 pp.
Turgenev, I.S. Stuk! Stuk! Stuk! Studiya i Strannaya istiroya. Rasskaz [i.e. Knok! Knock! Knock! Studio and Strange Story]. Leipzig: Wolfgang Gerhard, 1873. 100 pp.
Turgenev, I.S. Otryvki iz vospominanii svoikh i chuzhikh [i.e. Fragments from Memories — Mine and the Others]. Leipzig: Wolfgang Gerhard, 1882. 47 pp.
Turgenev, I.S. Otchayannyi. Iz vospominanii svoikh i chuzhikh [i.e. A Desperate Character]. Leipzig: Wolfgang Gerhard, 1882. 42 pp.
Contemporary quarter-leather binding with gilt-lettering on the spine. Cut marbled edges. A very good or better clean copy. Few light rubbings to the covers, owner's signature and ink stamp (name) on the first half-title, small tear with restoration on the last page of the first book (p. 144).
First seperate edition of all stories. Lifetime editions of Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818-1883) done by Leipzig publisher Wolfgang Gerhard. All these editions were banned in Russia for being printed
without permission of the author (Svodny katalog russkoi nelegal'noi pechaty. Vol. 3. P. 49. #87, 92-94).
These four works are united by the theme — memories of the past — and the genre - «studia». This term was invented by Turgenev himself meaning study, sketch, passage. Critics took it and extended it to all of his works of 1860-70s.
Rare as a collection.
According to WorldCat "Stuk!" is held in two American libraries (Princeton, Yale).