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ZHUKOVSKY, Vasiliy; BLANCHARD, N. (translator).

Игорь, поэма героическая: перевод с русского с присовокуплением двух баллад взятых из Жуковского с российским подлинником и разных стихотворений.

Igor, Poéme Héroique: Traduit du Russe Suivi de Deux Ballades Traduites de Joukovsky, avec le Texte de ces Trois Poémes et de Poésies Diverses.
[Igor, A Heroic Poem: Translated from Russian, with Two Ballads by Zhuk

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Semen, Moskva, 1823

a fine example of the first French translation of a classic Russian epic with lifetime translations of Zhukovsky's most famous ballads.

Count Aleksei Musin-Pushkin discovered The Tale of Igor's Campaign in manuscript form in 1797. As soon as he had published it, various interpretations of the work started to appear in modern Russian, both in prose and in verse. However, because the language of the work was so difficult, translations into foreign languages took much longer. It was first translated into German by Johann Richter in 1803, then into Polish by Cyprian Godebski in 1806. Blanchard's translation was the third publication of Igor in a foreign language.

Blanchard explains in the introduction to this work that he first encountered Igor when he read the tale in Musin-Pushkin's 1800 publication. Deeply impressed, he first attempted to translate it in prose before opting for the verse translation that appears in the present

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8vo (22.5 x 14 cm); frontispiece engraved by A. Grachev, 111 pp., including half-title and title, xvi, [2]; pp. v-vi with upper corner torn off without any text loss, parallel texts in French and Russian, followed by 19 poems in French only; contemporary half-calf over marbled boards; extremities of the spine restored.


Sobranie V.A. Krylova (Roza Vetrov, Skt. Peterburg, 2013), No183; Trudi Otdela drevnerusskoy literaturi / Akademiya nauk SSSR. Institut russkoy literatury (M.; L.: Izd-vo Akademii nauk SSSR, 1935): Т. 2. P.N. Berkov. K bibliografii zapadnykh izucheniy i perevodov. 'Slova o polku Igoreve', p. 151.

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