One of those “Eyeballs of Bibliophiles … actually  too  precious  to  be  read”
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Dostoyevsky, Idiot (Aglaya Fore-edge Binding)

Dostoyevsky’s  The Idiot  in


Fore-edge  Painting  Binding

Dostoyevsky, F(yodor). M(ikhaylovich). (The Idiot.) Novel. From the Russian into the German by E. K. Rahsin (= Elisabeth Kaerrick [Pernau, Livonia, 1886 – Munich 1966]). 19th/20th thousand. Munich, R. Piper & Co., 1920. 7⅝ × 4⅞ in (19.5 × 12.3 cm). XVIII, 1182 pp.

Dostoyevsky, Idiot (Aglaya Fore-edge Binding)

Ruby  red  crushed  half  morocco

with  fascinatingly  iridescent  covers

of  polychromatically  marbled  silver  paper ,

blind fillet on cover , gilt back title

with gilt fillets , 7 gilt head leading edge fillets

as transition to gilt edges goffered at head & tail ,

Fore-edge  Painting

under  the  gilt

in  wood  veneer  case

with  ruby  red  morocco  edges  at  the  slide-in

( R. Meuter )

Dostoyevsky, Idiot: Aglaya Fore-edge Painting India paper edition of the “second of the five great epic novels Dostoyevsky (Moscow 1821 – Petersburg 1880) has written, started in Geneva late 1867 and finished in Milan late 1868. The work thus ranks in the chronological sequence in intervals of about two years each between ‘Rodion Raskolnikov’ (Crime and Punishment) and the ‘Demons’” (Rahsin). With


as one of the female leading characters and in such a manner motif of the fore-edge painting :

The  beautiful  red-headed  Aglaya  in  Petersburg  costume

– loose skirt patterned blue-red-green , laced shoes with bow , in the hair green pearls , malachite necklace –

in  full  length  with  her  hands  folded  coquettishly  at  her  back

at  the  Petersburg  Fontanka  Canal

with line of houses on the other bank, behind which the onion domes of churches rise on both sides, the right of which reminding of the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

Invisible in closed state the image shows when fanning out the body of the book, here as one-image version to both sides, executed on the fore edge, whose subsequent gilding is “particularly difficult” (Löffler-Kirchner) due to its curve.

Occurring also double painting dependent on the side, while with triple painting one image is already visible in closed state. Generally such

unique  edge  decoration

– originally symbolic signs, later especially heraldic – dates back into the 10th century, to be extended to motifs of any kind by about the middle of the 18th century. The execution invisible in closed state, as here, dates back to 1649, the first dated example for this 1653 on a bible of 1651. The gilt edge on its part based on the Italian Renaissance bindings of the 15th century.

Here  then  one  of  these  rare  bibliophile  treasures

in  an  example  of  our  time . Marvelously  pronounced  related  to  the  content  on  a  piece  of  world  literature , whose  “ heroes … (are)  pioneers  of  a  new  world : Dostoyevsky’s  novel  is  the  myth  of  the  new  man  and  his

birth  from  the  fold  of  the  Russian  soul ”

(Stefan Zweig, Dostojewski, in Baumeister der Welt, Frankfort on the Main, 1966, page 99).

Offer no. 15,688 / EUR  1700. / export price EUR  1615. (c. US$ 1952.) + shipping

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