Bumagi … Vypusk pervyi [all published] [Papers … First Part].

Moscow, University Press (M. Katkov), 1881.

Large 8vo, pp. vi, [3]-204, with eight plates of facsimiles loosely inserted at the end (letters and drawings, printed on variously coloured paper, six folding, one with a tear repaired); a very good copy in the original publisher’s quarter black morocco and pebbled cloth, spine worn, front joint cracked but sound.


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First edition, edited by P. I. Bartenev. ‘In the present book are collected the papers of Pushkin preserved by his son Aleksandr Aleksandrovich and now given by him to the Moscow Rumiantsovskii Museum. Added to those are the letters of Pushkin to Goncharova and the marginalia in a new edition of his works, belonging to G. S. Chirikov. Almost all of these have previously appeared in Russkii Arkhiv in 1880 and 1881’ (‘Foreword’). Although Pushkin’s manuscripts had come to the Rumiantsovskii Museum after the Pushkin celebrations in 1880, Bartenev, editor of the periodical Russkii Arkhiv, was the first (and at that time only) person allowed access to them.

The material selected by Bartenev, all appearing here for the first time in book form, includes a ‘New chapter from “The Captain’s Daughter”’ (pp. 3-12); 31 letters by Pushkin, including nine to his wife Natalia Goncharova (some in French with translations); a number of letters addressed to Pushkin; and transcriptions from his notebooks, including much poetry. The lithographic facsimiles at the end comprise letters, a page of rough notes for Poltava (the leaf having been torn out of Pushkin’s working notebooks by Annenkov for this purpose), and a number of drawings. Despite the title-page no further volumes followed, as public access to the material was granted shortly after.

OCLC shows copies at Oxford, Colorado, Harvard and Columbia. Not in Smirnov-Sokol’skii.

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