1929 The Letters of Tolstoy and His Cousin, Countess Alexandra Tolstoy (1857 - 1903)
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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding, With Dustwrapper
As written in on the blurb, "This correspondence, written during nearly half a century, reflects Tolstoy's inner life like a looking-glass. His cousin and confidante, Countess Alexandra Tolstoy, lady-in-waiting at the Russian Court, in charge of the education of the Duchess Mary of Edinburgh, was famous for her fine and cultivated intellect. The great novelist trusted her with his inmost secrets, and in his later days he gave the following characteristic account of their deep and lasting friendship: "As in a dark corridor you may see a light gleaming through a chink under a door, even so, looking back upon my long dark life, the memory of Alexandra comes to me like a luminous gleam." Translated by Leo Islavin.
In a red cloth binding with gilt lettering to spine and an unclipped dustwrapper. Externally very smart, lightly rubbed in places with some sunning to spine. Dustwrapper sound with some wear to the extremities and handling marks. Internally firmly bound with generally bright and clean pages throughout, save for some spotting. Ink inscription to rear free-endpaper.
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