It is known that the writer was not satisfied with this edition.
In four days, more than three hundred rare books, photographs, posters, postcards, including unique author copies with stamps and autographs, will be sold in the capital. So, during the online auction, lot number 39 will be drawn, that is, four volumes of the works of Nikolai Gogol with the personal seal of the writer. Among the works are various comedies, novels, the famous “Evenings on the farm …” and the “Mirgorod” collection.
The books are semi-leather bound. They dated during Nikolai Vasilyevich’s lifetime, when he was abroad. They were the complete collection of his works. It is known that the writer was not satisfied with this edition (“the thickness is not the same”, “the paper is vile”, “the errors slipped into the texts”, even the letters in these books turned out to be “bad” – apparently, he didn’t like the font). But be that as it may, now these four volumes from 1842 are an absolute relic and cost three million rubles.
Photo: “Literary Fund” auction house
During the auction, as you know, this figure can increase several times.
Among other top lots at the Litfond auction house, 12 volumes of Karamzin’s “History of the Russian State” (starting price – 900 thousand rubles), a collection of Pushkin’s lifetime editions (1.8 million rubles) , several books by Vladimir Dahl from 1833 (100 thousand rubles), a collection of poetry by Semyon Nadson with the poet’s autograph (150 thousand rubles) and much more.
Two days later, on May 14, the sale of paintings and drawings will begin, including drawings by Nikolai Karazin, Niko Pirosmani, Ilya Sokolov and others.
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