PUSHKIN, Alexander (1799-1837). Vestnik Evropy. Chast’ 77, n.17-20. [The Herald of Europe. Part 77, n.17-20.] Moscow: University Press, 1814.

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In one of Russia’s most important and popular journals, published between 1802 and 1830. Founded by the major author and critic N. Karamzin, it addressed questions of literature and the arts, but also domestic and international politics. It was also the first journal to publish a piece of writing, in prose, by Pushkin. In this issue, divided into four parts, Pushkin’s verse appeared in print for the first time, with the poems Vot zerkalo moë , Opytnost’ and Blazhenstvo , all signed ‘Aleksandr N.k.sh.p.’ RBH records no other copies being offered at auction. Not in Smirnov-Sokol’skii, Moia biblioteka , Pushkin , 45 and p.484. Four parts in one volume, octavo (198 x 120mm). (First quire thumbed with small marginal water stain, first and last two leaves repaired, last mounted on modern rear endleaf, minimal spotting.) Modern calf, marbled endpapers, boards and spine gilt, binder’s label on front pastedown.