Valerian Svetlov

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(5056) Svetlov, Valerian (1860-1934). “Pri dvore Tishaïshego”. (Historical novel set in the time of Tsar Alexeï Mikhailovich).

Original typescript, 2nd copy. 472 pages in 2 volumes. 20,5cm x 14,5cm. Cahiers avec dos collés consolidés par de larges onglets en papier d’emballage. 1959-60.

Copied from the first edition of 1913. It’s the only book by V. Svetlov to be republished in Russia (1993). Svetlov was not only the Editot-in-Chief of the review Niva for several years but was also one the more influential art critics in his time and the publisher of several critical and historical studies on, for example, ballet which still hold importance today. As a friend to Diaghilev he did much to encourage the former’s success and notoriety in Russia as abroad. Svetlov, born in 1860 died in 1935 when his entire body of work was forbidden and indeed confiscated in the early years of the Soviet Union.
This samizdat was produced due to the complicity of a higher up in the Lenin Library of Moscow, later the Russian State Library.

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