POOR FOLK: A NOVEL
London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1894. First UK Edition. First translation into English of Dostoevsky's first novel, originally written over the course of nine months between 1844-45. An epistolary novel, focusing on the relationship between two relatives, both living in humiliating poverty, who struggle with their lack of self-esteem and loss of inner freedom. Translated from the Russian by Lena Milman, with a critical introduction by George Moore. An attractive copy of this wear-prone title. Line, p.18 (Bibliography of Russian Literature in English Translation); Samuels Lasner 27. Item #3872
First Impression, one of 1,100 copies. Octavo (20cm); yellow cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt and black on spine and covers; xx,192, plus 16pp ads; title page and covers illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. Spine ends gently nudged, hint of sunning to spine, with faint offset to front endpaper, a strip of foxing along lower rear endpaper, and some faint, scattered dust-soil to covers; Very Good+ or better.