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A Rare Edition of Collected Works by G.P.Danilevsky

22.08.2017

Within the Internet project “In Search of the Lost Library”, the stores of the Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov were added with a rare edition of the collected works by G.P.Danilevsky. It is analogous to the collected works by the writer in the private library of M.A.Sholokhov, which was lost during the years of the Great Patriotic War.

The collected works by G.P.Danilevsky, the ninth edition, in twenty-four volumes, with the author’s portrait (published by A.F.Marx, S.-Petersburg, 1902) are of antiquarian value. The book bindings are publishers’, made of leatherette, the corners of the bindings and the backs of the books are made of genuine leather. The twenty-four volumes of the collected works are in seven book blocks.

Grigory Petrovich Danilevsky (1829–1890) is a Russian writer, publicist, translator, and the author of fiction books including novels from the history of Russia of the XVIII–XIX centuries, which won recognition in the writer’s lifetime in Russia and abroad.

The collected works include the main works by G.P.Danilevsky. The biographical essay was written by Sergey Trubachov, who used “some of the unreleased materials, kept by his heirs, for the biography of the late writer” (The collected works, vol.1, p.5).

The ninth edition of the collected works includes an article “From the Preface to the 6th Edition (from the author)”. The text contains the lines important for understanding the literary and life ideals of the writer: “…The liberation time of the 50s allowed me to devote my first novels to the stories about the life of Russian serfs, who from time immemorial had sought for salvation and a better life in escaping to new, distant places of freedom. <…> The society is happy to believe that thanks to the world invisible toilers of thought, the fighters for the lofty ideals of humanity, the evil reign is not infinite, and the triumph of eternal truth and good is nearer and nearer.”(The collected works, vol.1,p.93–95).

 

Lyudmila Razogreyeva