GRIBOEDOV, Aleksandr Sergeevich (1795-1829). Gore ot uma. [Woe from Wit]. Leipzig: Gustav Bär, 1858.

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Produced to satisfy readers ‘wishing to own the play just as it was issued by the author’ (preface). It was based on the edition published by Smirdin in 1854 or 1857, and on two manuscripts. Only three years later, in 1861, was the ban on the printing of Griboedov’s complete works lifted in Russia. RBH and ABPC record no other copies being offered at auction. Not in Smirnov-Sokol’skii. Octavo (220 x 122mm). (Slight dampstaining, few marginal ink marks.) Contemporary Russian half calf, gilt-lettered spine (extremities rubbed). Provenance : later annotations revising textual inconsistencies as compared to other editions – modern shelfmark – unidentified Cyrillic inscription on front and rear endpapers.