DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor.

Stavrogin's Confession and The Plan of the Life of a Great Sinner.

With introductory and explanatory notes. Translated by S. S. Koteliansky and Virginia Woolf.

London: Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1922 Stock Code: 142041
£450.00

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Notes

First edition in English, first impression, in the first issue binding, here a review copy with a loosely inserted slip including a manuscript note of the book's publication date and price. In a pencilled note on the front free endpaper a former owner has hopefully conjectured that the hand on the slip may be that of Virginia Woolf, but there is not enough writing to substantiate this.

The texts, being a formerly unpublished section of Dostoevsky's The Possessed and a sketch of a novel he never completed entitled The Life of a Great Sinner, were found in Russian archives in 1921 and published there in 1922. The translation is taken from this printing - Koteliansky translated the text from Russian to what Leonard Woolf called "very bad English" (Kirkpatrick), with Virginia Woolf then modifying the translation into good English. The book was published on 4 October 1922 in an edition of 1,050 copies. The Plan of the Life of a Great Sinner was also published in The Criterion that month.

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Description

Octavo. Original light blue quarter cloth (the primary binding), printed paper label to spine and front cover, blue patterned paper boards.

Condition

Spine label a little toned and reglued at foot, extremities sunned, edges a little spotted. A very good copy.

Bibliography

Kirkpatrick B2; Woolmer 20.

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