Item #68937 Voina i Mir [War and Peace]. Leo TOLSTOY.
Voina i Mir [War and Peace]
Voina i Mir [War and Peace]
Voina i Mir [War and Peace]
Voina i Mir [War and Peace]
Voina i Mir [War and Peace]
Voina i Mir [War and Peace]

First Edition of “War and Peace”

Voina i Mir [War and Peace].

Moscow: Mockba, 1868.

Full Description:

TOLSTOY, Leo. Voina i Mir [War and Peace]. Moscow: 1868-1869.

First edition. Six books in seven parts, bound into three tall octavo volumes (9 1/4 x 6 inches; 236 x 153 mm). Book I, Part I: [2], 297, [1, blank]; Part II: 146; Book II, [4], 186, [2, blank]; Book III: [4], 284; Book IV: [4], 336; Book V: [4], 323; [1, blank]; Book VI: [4], 290, [2, blank] pp. With the map on p. 239 of book IV. Complete with all half-titles, except for Book I present. Additional original very rare front wrappers bound in for books II, IV, and VI. (Front wrapper for book VI states second edition on the wrapper, however the text is first edition like the other books as the title-page has no second edition statement.

Three volumes uniformly bound in contemporary half brown morocco over marbled paper boards. Some minor repairs to heads and tails of spines with no new leather. Some minor rubbing to boards. Previous owner's ownership stamp on front free endpaper of each volume and light old ink signature on title-page of Book I, and half-titles of books III and V. Book I with some small repaired closed tears to inner margin of title-page and the following eight leaves. Book III with a small ownership stamp in the blank margin of of page 251. Book IV with a small ownership stamp in the blank margin of of page 51. Book IV with some light dampstaining, mostly to top margin. Book V with a large closed tears repaired on pages 3 and 13, with no loss. A number of outer upper corners repaired in book 5, with no loss. Ownership stamp to wrapper of Book VI. Some general light foxing throughout and a few pages with some smudges. Overall a very good set.

“The heart of this drama is the metamorphosis of five families, some peasant, some aristocratic, amid the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Each individual is immersed in experiences and conversations elucidating Tolstoy's themes of self-sacrifice and self-indulgence, anguish and ecstasy, diplomacy and deception, and religion and perdition. The complexities of character and plot are sometimes enigmatic, and names are often exhausting to recollect, but the genius of this book is everlasting. An entire universe is created by one of the foremost thinkers of the 19th century“ (B. Mann).

Kilgour 1195.

HBS 68937.


Price: $37,500.00

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