Small 8vo, pp. -154, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Voltaire; a very good copy in the original printed wrappers, dust-soiled.
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Roman. Perevod s nemetskago… Fedora Sologuba [Candide, or optimism. A novel. Translated from the German… by Fyodor Sologub].
First edition, very rare, of Sologub’s translation of Candide. A second edition was published in 1919. The leading Symbolist poet, short-story writer, novelist and dramatist, dubbed by Volynsky ‘a kind of Russian Schopenhauer’, was one of the most famous writers of his day. He also translated a great deal of poetry into Russian, particularly Verlaine, as well as works by Oscar Wilde, Balzac, and Maupassant.
OCLC records a copy at Yale only.
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