It is known that the writer was dissatisfied with this edition

It is known that the writer was dissatisfied with this edition

In four days, more than three hundred rare books, photographs, posters, postcards, including unique author’s copies with seals and autographs, will be sold in the capital. So, during the online auction, lot number 39 will be raffled off, namely, four volumes of Nikolai Gogol’s works with the personal seal of the writer. Among the works are several comedies, novellas, the famous “Evenings on the Farm …” and the collection “Mirgorod”.

The books are semi-leather bound. They came out during the life of Nikolai Vasilyevich, when he was abroad. They were the complete collection of his works. It is known that the writer was dissatisfied with this edition (“the thickness is not the same”, “the paper is vile”, “errors crept into the texts”, even the letters in these books turned out to be “mean” – apparently, he did not like the font). But be that as it may, now these four volumes of 1842 are an absolute relic and cost three million rubles.

Photo: Auction house

Photo: Auction house “Literary Fund”

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 of 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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