1822 · Boston
Russian poetry, translated into English by John Bowring; first edition published in London, in 1821. Bearing the half-title "Russian Anthology" and including the poems of Derzhavin, Batiushov, Lomonosov, Zhukovsky, Karamsin, Dmitriev, Krilov, Khemnitzer, Bobrov, Bogdanovich, Davidov, Kostrov, Neledinsky Meletzky, this also offers some national songs and the poem "Death of Ossian." A second volume was published in 1823.
Evidence of readership: Pencillings in French and English record pronunciation of a name, offer judgments such as "a beautiful poem — with a loathsome subject," identify one figure in a poem by Derzhavin as "the pampered paramour of Catherine the great" and object on the same page to "the murder" of "helpless Turks"; brief quotations from a history of Russia (which, not clear) are supplied; and the writer wonders, "What must be the Russian heart when her poets can thus sing of deeds like this! Library cloth, pressure-stamped on front and back covers by a now-defunct library; title-page and several others rubber-stamped; bookplate, charge pocket, a bit of pencilling. Top margin of title-leaf torn away (no print lost, but an inscription taken); age-toned, light waterstaining in margins toward rear, one signature loosening, good +. Marginalia as noted. (Inventory #: 9221)