From New York to San Francisco and Back to Russia
ZARYA, "Ot N’iu lorka do San Frantsisko I obratno v Rossiiu" (From New York to San Francisco and Back to Russia)
OGORODNIKOV, Pavel I. [also: Afanasy Fet, Fyodor Tyutchev, etc.]
OGORODNIKOV, Pavel I. [also: Afanasy Fet, Fyodor Tyutchev, etc.] Ot N’iu lorka do San Frantsisko I obratno v Rossiiu (“From New York to San Francisco and Back to Russia”, in 7 separately bound issues 4-6, 8, 9, 11, & 12 of Zarya), St Petersburg, 1870. 7 volumes Octavo. First Printing.
The first printings of separately issued articles in the Russian journal, Zarya. Each issue bound separately, along with numerous other articles,poetry, and literary gems, including a publication of Shakespeare’s Othello in Russian as well as some first printings of poems by Fyodor Tyutchev, Afanasy Fet, and others.
Pavel Ivanovich Ogorodnikov (1837-1884) studied in the Cadet Corps. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an ensign in the 6th Infantry Batallion in Warsaw. In the late 1860s, after serving a year in prison in the Warsaw Citadel, he traveled to the West, eventually making his way to the United States. His journeys were documented in 19th century Russian journals and newspapers. His “shoestring budget” travel stories were read by Dostoevsky among others (Marinova, M., Transnational Russian-American Travel Writing). Published initially in 7 issues of Zarya (April, May, June, August, September, November, & December). Later published as a single publication in 1872. No copies located. Scarce.
Zarya (Заря, Dawn) was a Slavophile-oriented journal published from 1869 to 1872 in St Petersburg, Russia. Writers such as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky were published in various issues.
***Willing to break up this set and sell individual issues if desired***
CONDITION: Very good. Contemporary quarter leather with faded gilt to restored spines, marbled boards. Many issues with original wrappers bound in as well. Some wear to extremities, and pages spotted throughout. Former library stamps to title pages. Pagination is scattered and intermittent, but complete, as seems to be usual for 19th c. Russian Literary Journals. Very good. Scarce first printings of all 7 parts of Ogorodnikov’s stories of budget travel in 19th century United States.
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