BOWRING, John (translator).

Rossiyskaya Antologia. Specimens of the Russian Poets:


Rossiyskaya Antologia. Specimens of the Russian Poets:
with preliminary remarks and biographical notices.
Printed for the author, London, 1821.

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Sir John Bowring (1792 – 1872) was an English political economist, writer, polyglot, and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong. This Russian anthology was the first in an ambitious series, planned to cover all European poetry. Although he never completed the series, Bowring did translate and edit an impressive array of anthologies: in Spanish, Serbian, Magyar, Czech, Batavian and Polish.

These “Specimens” include poems by the best fathers of Russian poetry, such as Derzhavin, Batiushkov, Lomonosov, Zhukovsky, Karamsin, Dmitriev, Krylov and Kostrov among others. A further volume of Russian poetical translations was published in 1823. For his work Bowring received a diamond ring from Czar Alexander I.

This is the first edition, before a second one published in Edinburgh a bit later in the year.


Small octavo (18 x 10.5 cm). Half-title, title, [4], xxiii, 239 pp. Contemporary grey hard boards; upper board detached, spine chipped.

Provenance: Mary Peene (inscription to title page); William Hoar (card inserted in book).



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