[Kreitserova sonata. The Kreutzer Sonata.] Крейцерова соната. Tретье русское издание. Leo Tolstoy.
Early edition of "The Kreutzer Sonata"

[Kreitserova sonata. The Kreutzer Sonata.] Крейцерова соната. Tретье русское издание.

Берлин [Berlin]: Библиографическое бюро [Bibliographic Office in Berlin], 1891. Third Russian edition. In publisher’s printed wrappers. 134 p. Spine with blue vignette, slight rubbed. Front cover creased at lower corner. Trace of white vignette on inner rear cover. Overall a good copy.

Tolstoy finished the novella in late 1889 and the story was recited for public in a friends publishing house, but it was obvious that the Russian censorship would not allow the story to be published. Only a few hundreds of clandestine mimeograph (hectograph) copies of the handwritten text were circulated in Russia. In 1890 the German publishing house the “Bibliographic Office in Berlin” (B. Berg) published the story first in four languages (Russian, German, French and English) simultaneously. The second Russian edition was published the same year and the third edition in 1891.

Extremely rare and very early edition.

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Price: €1,200.00

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