London / New York: Chatto & Windus / Alfred A. Knopf, 1968. Hardcover. Four volumes (complete) in slipcase, octavo size, 1972 total pp. Near fine / very good +. Item #CNJL2330
Alexander Ivanovich Herzen (1812-1870) is often called "the father of Russian socialism"; this work, his autobiography, being "considered one of the best examples of that genre in Russian literature" (n.b., from Wiki).
Per the dust jacket of Volume I, these memoirs "are not only a record of his own life, lived first in Russia under the shadow of Tsarist oppression and later in self-imposed exile in various countries of Europe, but a matchless re-creation of the great events and issues of his time."
___DESCRIPTION: Volume I: bound in orange textured paper over boards, black "label" stamped onto the spine with gilt lettering, this volume covering the author's childhood and early life, ending with the birth of his first son in 1839; octavo size (8 5/8" by 5 1/2"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xlvi [1-2] 3-386. Volume II: bound in full yellow cloth over boards, spine with green and gilt lettering and a brown decoration, the front with the author's initials stamped in green, top edge stained orange, please note that this volume ONLY is the US (Knopf) publication (using British sheets), not the UK (Chatto) publication (although the jacket is Chatto), this volume opens with Herzen's return to Moscow in 1840 and ends with his wife's death in 1852; octavo size (8 5/8" by 5 5/8"), pagination: [i-iv] v-vi [387-388] 389-1020. Volume III: opens with Herzen going to London and ends where much of the events in this volume takes place, bound as the first volume and the same size, pagination: [i-iv] v-vi [1021-1022] 1023-1514. Volume IV: contains a then-newly translated autobiographical fragment written about 1840, with various other writings of Herzen including essays, and letters; again bound and the same size as the first volume, pagination: [i-iv] v-vi, 1515-1908. The dust jackets for all four volumes, all from Chatto & Windus, with a wrap-around illustration in orange and white, summary on the front flap, black-and-white reproductions of photographs of the author (at various ages) on the back flap, all jackets "clipped" on the bottom front corner. The slipcase covered in yellow paper.
___CONDITION: Volumes uniformly near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square texts block with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and the set is entirely free of prior owner markings; faint evidence of sticker removal from the front pastedowns, the second volume (Knopf) with light bumping to the head and tail, else a fine set. Dust jackets also near fine, the spines lightly sunned and each with light overall edgewear. Slipcase is a solid very good, strong and sturdy, with no splits to the seams; a bit of wear at the opening, overall light soiling and wear, still very good.
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