St. Petersburg: Tip. A.S. Suvorina, 1883. Item #76
, 332, 375, 122, V pp., 1 ill. (front.) 23x15,5 cm. Contemporary quarter leather binding with owner's initials on the spine stamped in blind.
Rubbed, occasional foxing, book plate (R.A. Evdokomov). Good condition.
Rare first edition of the first biography of Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, printed 2 years after his death. It came out in separate edition and than was included in collected works by Dostoevsky by the same publisher.
The first biographer was Orest Fyodorovich Miller (1833-1889) – the historian of literature, folklorist and publicist. His relationships with Dostoevsky was very different as the time went by. In 1874 Dostoevsky wrote in his notebooks ‘What we see is ghoulish studdy liberalists like
Orest Miller who already worn out their odd little ideas, they are almost regretting the changes – the emancipation of the serfs etc’. However soon after Miller published his essay ‘Russian literature after Gogol’ Dostoevsky changed his position and called Miller ‘honest’ among the ‘liberal frauds’.
Dostoevsky and Miller were spending a lot of time together in late 1870s. In this book Miller was able to capture some of the aspects of personal life of Dostoevsky that he knew, for example, describing the home and working cabinet of the writer.
No copies in USA according to the Worldcat. The only two copies found in Poland and Netherlands.