HANDSOMELY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED DELUXE SET OF THE WORKS OF TOLSTOY
TOLSTOY, Leo. The Complete Works of Count Tolstoy. Translated from the Original Russian and Edited by Leo Wiener. Boston: Dana Estes & Company, (1904-05; 1912). Twenty-eight volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter brown morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt. $12,000.
Finely bound "Edition de Luxe," number 377 of only 1000 sets, of Tolstoy’s entire canon, finely printed and wide-margined, with title pages on Japanese vellum and over 100 engraved, etched, and photogravure illustrations.
"The present translation contains everything given in the Russian complete edition… and all the publications of Tolstoy's prohibited works which have appeared in Switzerland and in England. The only works omitted are those which Tolstoy himself translated from other languages." Volume 24 contains a life of Tolstoy, index and bibliography of works and articles on Tolstoy in English, German and French. While the first 24 volumes were published 1904-05, the final four volumes—including his great later novel Hadji Murad—were published in 1912, and thus are often not present.
Interiors clean and fine. Volumes I (Childhood, etc.), XIII and XIV each with shallow chip to spine head. Light rubbing to several joints, bindings sound. A near-fine, handsome set.