8vo, pp. 582, , title-page printed in blue and black; a good copy in the original blue quarter cloth, lettered gilt, rubbed; presentation inscription from the author to Muza Pavlova, dated 23 November 1956.
US $601 €509
First complete edition of Zoshchenko’s shorter prose fiction, including his stories for children; a presentation copy to his friend the dramatist, translator and poet Muza Konstantinovna Pavlova (1917-2006).
Previous collections had been published in 1935 (Stories … 1923-1934) and 1940 ( ... 1923-1938); the present collection includes 23 new short stories, and the set of tales for children ‘Stories about Lenin’ (1940-1).
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