Moscow: Izdanie knigoizdatel'stva, 1907. Moscow: Izdanie knigoizdatel'stva '”Posrednik”, 1907. Octavo (20 × 14 cm). Original printed wrappers; , 6-83 pp. A very good copy, partially uncut; light foxing to wrappers; spine extremities and corners lightly scuffed; wrapper beginning to separate from text block along spine. Item #2383
Tolstoy's famous account of his spiritual crisis and conversion was first printed in Russkaia mysl' in 1882, but the censor immediately confiscated the entire print run. Although its publication inside Russia was legally impossible until 1906, the work was circulated illegally and printed abroad, and met with extraordinary interest by Tolstoy's readership.
The publisher of the present edition, Posrednik, was founded in 1885 by followers of Tolstoy (Vladimir Chertkov and Pavel Biryukov) in order to make the writer's works available in affordable mass editions. Despite large print runs, many books published by Posrednik are rare; they were frequently read literally to pieces,and due to its religious nature, the later works of Tolstoy were removed from many Soviet libraries during the 1920s.
Rare; not in KVK, OCLC. Not at the Russian State Library.