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GRIBOEDOV, Alexander; KARDOVSKY, Dmitry (illustrator).

Gore ot Uma. [Woe from Wit].

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St Petersburg, Golike & Vilborg, 1913

Considered one of the key works in Russia's Golden Era of literature, the work satirises the banality and hypocrisy of post-Napoleonic society in Moscow. Griboedov finished writing the play in 1824 but it wasn't until 1862 that a complete, unabridged version passed the Censor. Numerous manuscript copies, however, were circulated in the 1820s and echoes of it began to appear in contemporary literature before it was first staged in 1831. Woe from Wit is one of the most cited texts in Russian culture, indeed, Pushkin's prediction came true that 'half of the lines were bound to become proverbs'.

Dmitry Kardovsky (1866 -1943) started on illustrations for Woe from Wit in 1907 and worked on them for five years, producing watercolours which perfectly captured the characters and costumes. This luxurious publication remains one of the most famous editions of Griboedov's comedy and has long been considered a classic of its genre by Read more.



Folio (34.5 x 28 cm); illustrated with 28 plates (13 colour including 2 frontispieces) by Dmitry Kardovsky with patterned guards, single leaf facsimile playbill of premiere 26 January 1831 at St. Petersburg's Bolshoi Theatre, 18pp. facsimile manuscript at the rear, patterned endpapers; publisher's red morocco, large gilt borders to covers, spine gilt in compartments, gilt lettering to one, all edges gilt, red silk marker loose, rebacked preserving original spine with minimal loss, some very minor spotting but otherwise fresh, a good copy.


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