2 vols. bound in one, 8vo, pp. xii, 400; viii, 387; some light spotting, but a very good copy in recent half morocco, spine lettered gilt, top edges gilt, with all the original printed wrappers bound in.
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First collected edition of Pushkin in French, preceded in French translation only by some individual poems and stories, and a translation of The Queen of Spades in 1843. This is one of the earliest major collections of Pushkin to appear outside Russia.
The selection includes Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Ruslan and Liudmila, A Prisoner of the Caucasus, The Robber Brothers, The Gypsies, Count Nulin, Little House in Kolomna, Poltava, Angelo, The Bronze Horseman, The Stone Guest, and many poems and short prose pieces.
OCLC cites copies at Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, London Library, Nice, and Biblioteca Nacional Madrid.
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