GOGOL, Nikolai Vasil’evich (1809-1852). Pokhozhdeniia Chichikova, ili Mertvyia dushi. Poema. [The Adventures of Chichikov, or Dead Souls. A Poem]. Moscow: University Press, 1842.
‘One of the great novels of nineteenth-century Russia (Fekula). This first part of Gogols famous satire was printed in an edition of 2400 copies with money borrowed from Pogodin. A second part was published by Gogols heirs in 1855 from draft notes found after the authors death. Both K. Aksakov and V. Nabokov have drawn parallels between Dead Souls as an epic composition and Homers works, whilst others have framed it within the genre of the picaresque novel, not previously attempted in Russian literature. Fekula 4716, Kilgour 345, Smirnov-Sokolski, Moia biblioteka , 610. Octavo (220 x 138mm). (First quire washed, first 4 leaves remounted, last 4 leaves remounted with outer edge repaired, some spotting, as often, occasional marginal light waterstaining). 19th-century Russian quarter red morocco by Somov, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, red cloth sides paneled in blind, with original upper wrapper pasted onto card preserved and tipped in (binding corners rubbed). Provenance : (stamp to verso of title) – small ink stamp to the last leaf.