TOLSTOÏ, Léon.

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TOLSTOÏ, Léon.
Anna Karenina. Novel translated from Russian. Paris, imp. Brodard et Gaulois for bookstore Hachette et Cie, undated[1885]. 2 volumes in-16 (189 x 120 mm) of 2 ff.n.ch., 344 pp. for volume I; 2 ff.n.ch., 359 pp. for volume II; paperback, original printed covers.
Vicar, VII, 850: Original
edition of the first French translation.
Anna Karenina appeared in 1877 as a series in Mikhail Katkov's Russian Messenger, which was published in Moscow at the time. It was with Anna Karenina that Russian literature entered European culture.
"In Anna Karenina, the events take place in an atmosphere that is that of Tolstoy, and the realism of the description reveals a direct, immediate observation by the person who participated in it" (Laffont-Bompiani).
Freckles, if not very good copy entirely uncut.
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