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GOGOL, Nicolai.

Dead Souls. A Poem.

From the Russian by Constance Garnett.

Published: London: Chatto & Windus, 1922

Stock code: 105681

Price: £175

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First edition of Garnett’s translation of Gogol’s satirical masterpiece. Presentation copy, inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper of volume one, “Gutt, from CG.” Constance Garnett (1861-1946) was one of the first English translators of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Anton Chekhov. Dead Souls was first published in Moscow in 1852 under the censor-imposed title The Adventures of Chichikov; Gogol’s original intention was to publish a further two parts, but he burned the manuscript shortly before his death.

2 volumes, sextodecimo. Original blue cloth, titles to spines blue. Spines rolled and faded, faint sporadic foxing to contents. An excellent set.

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