8vo, pp. viii, 240; Donaueschingen library stamp on verso of title; a very good copy in contemporary marbled paper boards, printed paper label on spine.
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First edition: a biography of the poet and translator Vasily Zhukovsky (1783–1852), ‘the founder and leading representative of early Romanticism in Russian literature’ (Terras).
‘Zhukovsky was eclipsed only by Pushkin in public favor and overshadowed only by the daring efforts of the remarkable generation of poets whom he inspired and who constitute the Golden Age of Russian poetry’ (ibid.). In 1841 Zhukovsky married the daughter of a German artist, Elizabeth Reitern, and settled permanently in Germany; he died in Baden-Baden in 1852.
Mitau is present-day Jelgava in Latvia.
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