Dead Souls. A Poem.
From the Russian by Constance Garnett.
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.
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2 volumes, sextodecimo. Original blue cloth, titles to spines blue. Spines rolled and faded, faint sporadic foxing to contents. An excellent set.