[Half-title:] Sochineniia Kal’derona perevod s ispanskago [The Works of Calderon translated from Spanish].

[Moscow, M. and S. Sabashnikov, 1900-1902-1912].

Three vols. bound in two, 8vo, volumes I and III bound together (both with half-titles, none called for in volume II), folding table in volume II; a very good set, bound without the advertisements at the end of volume I, in Russian contemporary half brown morocco and pebbled cloth, lettered in Cyrillic ‘P. R.’ at foot of spine.

£1800

Approximately:
US $2190€1977

Make an enquiry

Added to your basket:
[Half-title:] Sochineniia Kal’derona perevod s ispanskago [The Works of Calderon translated from Spanish].

Checkout now

First edition of all three volumes of Balmont’s translations from Calderon, comprising: El purgatorio de San Patricia (volume I); La vida es sueño, La devoción de la cruz, El príncipe constante and Amar despues de la muerte (volume II); and El médico de su honra (volume III).

Though the later translations by Pasternak are now better known, and there had been earlier translations into Russian, Bal’mont’s were of particular importance in his œuvre, testament to an abiding interest in the Spanish Golden Age that coincided with the period of his fascination with theosophy. La vida es sueño in particular he considered the highest acheivement in all Spanish literature. His long foreword in volume I provides a critical appreciation of Calderón, and volume II includes several essays (by Bal’mont and Max Krenkel) and a critical bibliography.

Because of the widely-spaced publication, complete sets are inevitably rare, volume III almost always wanting. OCLC shows no copies of volume III, within sets or separately; there is a complete set at the National Library of Russia.

Tiapkov, Bibliografia K. D. Bal’monta, 214, 263 and 657.

You may also be interested in...

TOLSTOY, Lev Nikolaevich.

Posmertnyia zapiski startsa Fedora Kuz’micha umershago 20-go ianvaria 1864 goda v Sibiri, bliz goroda Tomsk, na zaimke kuptsa Khromova. [Posthumous notes of the old man Fedor Kuz’mich, who died on 20 January 1864 in Siberia, near the town of Tomsk, at the ‘zaimka’ of the merchant Khromov.]

First edition, very rare, of an unfinished story, begun in 1905, exploring the popular legend that Tsar Alexander I had staged his own death in 1825 and had gone into hiding as the hermit Fedor Kuz’mich. Kuz’mich, St Fedor of Tomsk in the Russian Church, was sent to Siberia as a vagrant, where he lived a life of spiritual isolation under the protection of the merchant Semen Khromov. Rumours abounded even during Kuz’mich’s lifetime – mysterious letters in code, visits from important noblemen – but the jury is still out.

Read more

THE HIGH-POINT OF SPANISH CHROMOLITHOGRAPHY PLANAS, D. Eusebio.

Historia de una mujer. Album de cincuenta cromos.

First edition. A chronicle in pictures of the life of a beautiful modern woman, and her adventures and misadventures with men: in front of fashionable Madrid shop-fronts, in her boudoir, on the balcony, on the stage and in the dressing-room, at balls and dinner parties, in a train, the Alps, the 1878 Paris exhibition, the seaside and elsewhere.

Read more