First edition in English of Dostoyevsky's first book, in beautifully sinister pictorial cloth designed by Aubrey Beardsley.
Very good plus.
"When shall I ever meet you again? I shall die; Varinka, do not break my heart!"
Dostoyevski's first published work, an epistolary novel appearing here in its first English translation nearly fifty years after its initial publication in Russian, but before the critical work of Virginia Woolf and others spurred the English literary world's love affair with the great Russian novelists. Beardsley's characteristically Beardsleyan cover design reveals nothing of the contents, but its spare lines and the pitiless gaze of a young woman suggest a certain unmerciful bleakness that well suits the story of Mákar, a middle-aged clerk tormented by poverty and living in hopeless love with his second cousin.
London / Boston: Elkin Mathews and John Lane / Roberts Brothers, 1894. Octavo. 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original decadent yellow and black pictorial cloth. Gilt-lettered spine. Cover design and title page illustration by Aubrey Beardsley. Part of the 'Keynotes' series issued by John Lane with designs by Aubrey Beardsley, including an ornate key-shaped monogram stamped on the spine, back cover, and leaf following the title page. Translated from the Russian by Lena Milman. With a critical introduction by George Moore. Publisher's ads at rear. 191, , 14,  pages. Bookplate of eminent art dealer and collector Martin Birnbaum mounted to front paste-down. Moderate bumping to extremities and light soil to boards.
We work hard to meet our ethical responsibility to describe our material accurately. All items are guaranteed as described and may be returned for any reason within 30 days. Please notify us before mailing a return.
We guarantee the authenticity of our items. All materials are original (meaning not facsimiles or reproductions) unless otherwise noted. First editions (meaning first edition, first printing) are explicitly stated. TPM is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and upholds their Code of Ethics.
All photographs are of the actual item for sale. We're happy to provide additional images on request.
All domestic orders ship gratis. For orders under $250, free USPS media mail shipping is included; orders $250 and over ship USPS Priority. International orders over $500 also ship gratis. Expedited, overnight, as well as other carriers (UPS, Fed-Ex, etc.), may carry additional costs beyond quoted rates. All orders receive tracking information and a direct contact in case of any questions.
International buyers are responsible for any customs, taxes, and related import fees. Please note that we are unable to accomodate requests to misrepresent, misdeclare, or otherwise falsify customs documents when shipping internationally. We appreciate your understanding.
We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, Venmo, check, money order, and bank wire. We are happy to bill institutional buyers' needs. Sales tax will be added to applicable purchases. Items subject to prior sale.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We prioritize our long-term relationships far above any individual purchase, and we want you to love your item as much as we loved cataloguing it.