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Up for auction Christie’s exhibited a collection of curiosities associated with Russian literature


On 28 November in London will auction Christie’s, which will feature rare first editions and manuscripts of such giants of Russian literature as Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, Pasternak, Mandelstam and Akhmatova. These publications are included in the collection of the Chicago lawyer and a famous collector of Russian literature by Robert Eden Martin.

According to the owner of rarities: “Books are the life force of our cultural heritage.” The collector compares the first edition of the novel or poem with “a newborn baby at the earliest stage of its cultural life.” According to him, the first edition of “Ruslan and Lyudmila” Pushkin “has a fascination with this, as one of the early planes of the Wright brother, or the first collection that I have collected in the Apple I”.

Selling collections of Russian manuscripts and manuscripts of Russian writers Robert Eden Martin’s in London on 28 November, said the Christie’s specialist Sven Becker, “the most important held outside of Russia after the auction Diaghilev-Lifar more than 30 years ago. This is almost certainly the last great private collection of Russian literature that comes out of America, and one of the last opportunities to purchase real rarities in this field.”

Christie’s introduced the first edition: “Dr. Zhivago” by Boris Pasternak published by the CIA in 1958, “Anya in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll translation by Vladimir Nabokov (Berlin, 1923), “the Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov – magazine pages, with typewritten inserts a previously censored text of the novel, masterpiece by Fyodor Dostoevsky “the Brothers Karamazov”, a masterpiece by Alexander Pushkin’s “Eugene Onegin”, the masterpiece of Leo Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina”, the first Russian homoerotic novel of Mikhail Kuzmin’s “Wings” the debut of the book the greatest poet of the twentieth century in Russia, Osip Mandelstam’s “Stone,” a letter of Marina Tsvetaeva, Nikolai Tikhonov nice, early corrected by Anna Akhmatova typescript of her triptych, “Poem without a hero”.