Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth.London: Vizetelly & Co., 1888 Stock Code: 124051
First UK edition of the complete trilogy in English; the translation, by I. F. Hapgood, was originally published at New York by T. Y. Crowell in 1886. The UK edition is very uncommon: Library Hub and WorldCat together locating six copies in British and institutional libraries (BL, NLS, Cambridge, Leeds, Sussex, London Library), and another six abroad. Tolstoy's autobiographical trilogy, first published in three volumes as Detstvo (1852), Otrochestvo (1854) and Yunost' (1856), was the work that first brought him literary acclaim. The earliest English translation, of Childhood and Boyhood only, was that of Malwida von Meysenbug (London: Bell & Daldy 1862), described by Sadleir as "very scarce".
Octavo. Original brown cloth, red and blue titles and decoration to spine and front cover, publisher's insignia blind to rear cover, yellow coated endpapers.
Wood-engraved portrait frontispiece of Tolstoy.
Discreet contemporary ink ownership inscription. Ends and corners a bit worn, split to cloth down rear joint halfway, with a tear into the spine panel, titles faded from spine, cloth otherwise a little marked, light spotting to edges and within, internally sound, a good copy.
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