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Auction Preview: Russian Literary First Editions & Manuscripts: Highlights from the R. Eden Martin Collection at Christie’s, London, Nov 28

What: Russian Literary First Editions & Manuscripts: Highlights from the R. Eden Martin Collection

Where: Christie’s, 8 King Street, St. James ‘s

When: November 28; 01.30 pm

Public viewing: 23 Nov, 9am – 4:30pm; 24 Nov, 12pm – 5pm; 25 Nov, 12pm – 5pm; 26 Nov, 9am – 4:30pm; 7 Nov, 9am – 8pm

Top lots of the sale:

– Osip Emil’evich Mandel’shtam (1891-1938). Kamen. [Stone.] St Petersburg: Akme [printed at the author’s expense by Iu. Mansfeld], 1913. An important association copy of the first edition of the first book by Russia’s greatest 20th-century poet, inscribed by the author to Viacheslav Ivanov in the year of publication. Estimate: GBP 60,000 – GBP 90,000 (USD 78,420 – USD 117,630)

– Nikolai Vasil’evich Gogol (1809-1852). Vechera na khutore bliz dikan’ki. Kn. 1-2 [Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka. Books 1-2]. St Petersburg: at the Press of the Department of Public Education [vol. 1], and by A. Pliushar [vol.2], 1831-1832. Two volumes in one, twelvemo (161 x 100mm). (Without the first half-title and blanks; first title repaired in the inside margin and fore-margin; some old marginal repairs; leaf 10.4 in vol.2 and leaf 16.1 in vol. 2 with the bottom margin repaired, affecting a few words. Estimate: GBP 50,000 – GBP 70,000 (USD 65,350 – USD 91,490)

– Alexander Pushkin(1799-1837). Boris Godunov. St Petersburg: at the Press of the Department of Public Education, 1831. Octavo (185 x 121mm). Pagination: [6], 142; with the half title and with the dedication to Karamzin (light and mostly marginal scattered spotting; a few short tears, two of which with old repairs). 19th-century marbled boards (light wear to the spine; extremities and sides lightly rubbed). Estimate: GBP 40,000 – GBP 50,000 (USD 52,280 – USD 65,350)

– Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837). Ruslan i Liudmila. Poema v shesti pesniakh . [Ruslan and Liudmila. A Poem in Six Cantos.] St Petersburg: N. Grech, 1820. Octavo (224 x 127mm). Complete with the final blank; printed on laid paper watermarked ‘1819’ (small wormhole affecting one word in leaf 1.8; occasional light soiling and light spotting). Contemporary mottled sheep, flat spine in compartments with applied bands of gilt red leather, printed spine label, edges sprinkled blue (label perhaps renewed; some wear to the edges with minor repairs). Extra-illustrated with a later issue of the Ivanov engraving loosely inserted. Estimate: GBP 38,000 – GBP 45,000 (USD 49,666 – USD 58,815)

– Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837). Stikhotvoreniia. [Poems.] St Petersburg: at the press of the Department of Public Education, 1826. Octavo (202 x 123mm). Complete with the half-title; printed on laid paper watermarked ‘1822’ (light soiling in the half title; light browning in the margins of the first and last few leaves; small ink stain in the fore margin and in leaf 2.6). Contemporary Russian half calf, flat spine tooled in compartments in gilt and blind, green morocco label (lacking the front free endpaper; joints and extremities neatly repaired). Estimate: GBP 38,000 – GBP 45,000 (USD 49,666 – USD 58,815)

– Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837). Evgenii Onegin. Roman v stikhakh. [Eugene Onegin. A novel in verse.] St. Petersburg: Aleksandr Smirdin, 1833. Octavo (205 x 124mm). Complete with the half title (light scattering spotting, mainly in the margins; occasional short marginal tears). Contemporary Russian tree-calf with red morocco spine, flat spine gilt in compartments (expertly repaired). Estimate: GBP 30,000 – GBP 50,000 (USD 39,210 – USD 65,350)

– Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837). Evgenii Onegin. Roman v stikhakh. [Eugene Onegin. A novel in verse.] St. Petersburg: Aleksandr Smirdin, 1833. Octavo (205 x 124mm). Complete with the half title (light scattering spotting, mainly in the margins; occasional short marginal tears). Contemporary Russian tree-calf with red morocco spine, flat spine gilt in compartments (expertly repaired). Estimate: GBP 30,000 – GBP 50,000 (USD 39,210 – USD 65,350)

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