LESKOV, Nikolai Semenovich (1831-1895). Soboryane. Stargorodskaia khronika. [Cathedral Folk] in Russkii Vestnik [The Russian Herald], vols 98-100. Moscow: at the University Press, March-July 1872.

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LESKOV, Nikolai Semenovich (1831-1895). Soboryane. Stargorodskaia khronika. [Cathedral Folk] in Russkii Vestnik [The Russian Herald], vols 98-100. Moscow: at the University Press, March-July 1872.
3 vols, 8° (208 x 134mm). (Occasional light browning.) Contemporary half sheep and marbled boards, with the original wrappers printed on blue paper bound-in, spines gilt lettered (repairs, gilt perished). Provenance: Library of the Odessa Institute (stamps).

The first appearance in print of Leskov's Cathedral Folk -- one of the major works by this mentor of Chekhov, and whom Gorsky championed. Leskov 'is generally recognized by Russians as the most Russian of Russian writers and the one who had the deepest and widest knowledge of the Russian people as it actually is' (Mirsky). Mirsky, A History of Russian Literarture, pp.312-32; Tetras, p.251 ('the hero, Father Savely Tuberozov, is one of the most attractive portraits in Russian literature of an Orthodox clergyman'). (3)