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War and Peace.

A Historical Novel by Count Léon Tolstoï. Translated into French by a Russian Lady and From the French by Clara Bell. Revised and Corrected in the United States.

New York : 1886 Stock Code: 138571
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First edition in English, fourth overall. The first translation of War and Peace (1865-9) from the Russian was into French by Princess Irina Ivanovna Paskevich in 1879, published in St Petersburg and sold in Paris. The second edition was published in Paris in 1884. It was this edition that was hailed in de Vogüé's influential survey, Le Roman Russe (1886), and used as the basis for the present translation into English: six cloth-bound volumes published in pairs at 1.75, between January and August 1886. The English translator Clara Bell, née Poynter (18351927), was fluent in eight other languages: George du Maurier thought her "the cleverest woman of our acquaintance". Although resident in London, she was regularly published in New York by William S. Gottsberger, who had already issued many of her translations to great acclaim. Vizetelly, publisher of the first UK edition in October 1886, used Clara Bell's translation as the basis for his text.
WorldCat locates twelve copies (seven in the US and five in Canada), and only one other: at the National Library of Scotland. Library Hub does not list any copies.

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3 parts in 6 volumes, small octavo. Publisher's brown cloth, titles to spines and eagles motifs to front boards in gilt, decorative borders to boards in black, top edges brown, brown coated endpapers.


A hint of wear to corners, vol. 2 of The Invasion with one gathering shaken but firm and corners of pp. 29-32 expertly repaired, else an excellent set, presenting very smartly indeed.


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