Translated from the Russian by Lena Milman with an introduction by George Moore.London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1894 Stock Code: 139654
NotesFirst edition in English, first impression, a remarkably attractive copy. This is the first appearance of Dostoevsky in English and the third title in John Lane's Keynote Series, with covers and title pages designed by Aubrey Beardsley. The novel was first published in Russian in 1846. The translator Lena Milman (1862-1914) was an architectural historian and literary critic known to Lane through her contributions to The Yellow Book. She was close friends with Thomas Hardy, Henry James and George Moore, acting as "a sounding board for his aesthetic theories" (Gerber, p. 97). It was she who encouraged him to provide the introduction to this edition.
Octavo. Original yellow cloth, titles and decoration by Beardsley to front cover in black and to spine in black and gilt, edges untrimmed.
Illustrated title page printed in red and black.
Traces of bookplate sometime removed from front pastedown. Cloth faintly soiled but brighter than often, minor rubbing to extremities, occasional light foxing, a near-fine copy.
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