St. Petersburg: Russian Academy of Sciences, 1909. First edition. Half-leather binding with original publisher's wrappers. Item #543
Book measures: 14.5 x 10.5 cm. 305 pages. Text in Russian. Pen inscription on the title page; rare pencil marks and light foxing throughout. Still very good copy.
The first edition of this catalog is a comprehensive record of the exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of the renowned Russian author Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev. Held in St. Petersburg in 1909, the exhibition was organized with contributions from various institutions and individuals, reflecting a collective effort to honor Turgenev's legacy.
Key contributors to the exhibition included the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Imperial Public Library, the Imperial Historical Museum in Moscow, and the Oryol Scientific Archival Commission, among others. Notably, O. V. Galakhova provided the furnishings of Turgenev’s room from Spassky-Lutovinovo, along with his manuscripts and other personal items, while A. N. Khvostov contributed portraits of Turgenev’s ancestors and relatives.
The exhibition, which ran from March 8 to March 20, 1909, and attracted about 3,500 visitors, offered a multifaceted view of Turgenev's life and work. The catalog meticulously details this, with sections on Turgenev's portraits, manuscripts, letters, personal belongings, family documents, and views of Spassky-Lutovinov. It also covers Turgenev's works, translations, illustrations, musical adaptations, and caricatures, along with information on the Viardot family and literature about Turgenev in Russian and foreign publications.
Additionally, the catalog includes a special section on the Turgenev Corner in the Museum of the Oryol Scientific Archival Commission and exhibits from the A. F. Onegin Museum in Paris. An appendix provides a list of Czech translations of Turgenev's works and articles about him.
This publication serves not only as a guide to the 1909 exhibition but also as a valuable reference for Russian classical literature of the last century, offering rich insights into the life, work, and influence of Ivan Turgenev.