[Hamlet.][Moscow: State Publishing House], 1941 Stock Code: 135615
Translated under StalinismFirst edition, first printing, of Pasternak's translation of Hamlet. By the early 1930s socialist realism was enforced as the only officially sanctioned form of literature, resulting in Pasternak withdrawing from publishing his own writings, and instead turning to translation, where he produced translations of Goethe, Schiller, Keats, Shelley, and several of Shakespeare's plays. His translation of Hamlet was widely acclaimed and remains in print, popular among Russian readers as Pasternak modernized and colloquialized the dialogue. Pasternak himself suggested that his translation should be viewed as an original Russian dramatic work (Christopher Barnes, Boris Pasternak, a Literary Biography, vol. II, p. 171).
Octavo. Original white paper wrappers, front cover printed in black and brown.
With woodcut frontispiece and head-pieces.
Minor nicking and creasing around wrapper extremities, very minor faint stains to wrappers. A near-fine copy.
With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.
Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220