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FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY

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"THE FINEST WORK IN ALL OF MODERN RUSSIAN LITERATURE" (TOLSTOY)—"THE FIRST NOVEL ABOUT RUSSIAN PRISONS IN SIBERIA," AND THE FIRST OF DOSTOEVSKY'S WORKS TO BE TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Buried Alive [House of the Dead]. New York, 1881.

Rare first edition American edition of one of Dostoevsky’s most famous and most universally recognized works, The House of the Dead, a semi-autobiographical novel praised by Tolstoy as "the finest work in all of modern Russian literature"—also "the first novel about Russian prisons in Siberia"—published here under the title "Buried Alive." This was the first American publication of any book by Dostoevsky (spelled "Fedor Dostoyeffsky" on the title page), issued posthumously in the year of his death. $7200.

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"SOMETHING OF ASTONISHING FORCE CAN BREAK LOOSE IN DOSTOEVSKY, AS IT SO FREQUENTLY DOES IN SHAKESPEARE"

(DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor) DOSTOIEFFSKY, Fedor. Friend of the Family; and The Gambler. London, 1887.

First editions in English of Dostoevsky's Friend of the Family and The Gambler, two of his finest and most influential early novellas, with The Friend begun while imprisoned in Siberia—featuring "the direct precursor of Prince Myshikin in The Idiot"—and The Gambler written against a desperate three-week deadline, an electrifying tale of obsession that "rings true in part because it was true." Together as issued in Volume XXII of Vizetelly's One-Volume Novels with the translation of Frederick Whishaw. $6200.

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"THE OPENING OF A BRILLIANT LITERARY CAREER"

(DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor) DOSTOIEVSKY, Fedor. Poor Folk. London / Boston, 1894.

First edition in English, English issue preceding the American issue by one month, of Dostoevsky's critically acclaimed first novel, one of only 1100 copies, in original cloth pictorial binding with an illustration by Aubrey Beardsley. $2800.

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