Sad [The Orchard].

Petrograd, 1922.

12mo, pp. 31, title printed in green and black, text within green border, light stain to lower blank margin at beginning and end, but generally a very good copy in the original printed wrappers; in a folding cloth case.


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Rare first edition of Konstantin Fedin’s first book, a short story which was awarded first prize by the House of Writers. An old gardener watches sadly as the orchard he cared for and the manor house of the old owners are turned over to a Soviet orphanage and fall into neglect. In the end the gardener sets the house and orchard on fire.

OCLC records five copies, at Amherst, Columbia, Cambridge, Göttingen and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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