BUEVSKY, K. ~ Illustrated commonplace book of poetry and prose. Chi?inau, 1879.
8vo (200 × 125 mm), ff. 11–107, 109–352; foliated, but the text written on both sides of each leaf; 12 pen-and-ink drawings (on coloured card) bound in, with a few other pen-and-ink drawings to the text pages, some full-page (e.g. ff. 185v, 231r, 240r, 256r, etc); a few leaves trimmed by the binder; front free endpaper and first ten leaves sometime removed (see note) nineteenth-century quarter calf, cloth sides, worn, the spine rubbed.
A manuscript book of poetry and prose completed, according to the final page, on 24 April 1879, in Kishinev (modern-day Chi?inau, Moldova), then the capital of the Bessarabia Governorate in the Russian Empire. Most of the work is either Russian (including pieces by Pushkin, Lermontov, Nekrasov, Zhukovsky, Dmitry Minayev, Countess Rostopchina, Lev Mei, and a number by Apollon Maykov; also translations, from Beranger, Fallersleben, etc) or Polish (among them a number of songs for the stage), but there are occasional poems in French (‘Pouchkin’, Victor Hugo) and even English (‘Rose Leaves’ by Austin Dobson, and ‘The Fairy’s Home’ by Louis Henry French du Terreaux). The illustrations are accomplished ink drawings in the style of contemporary newspaper or journal illustrations, including fashionable parlour scenes and comic interludes.
The ten leaves removed at the opening contained, according to the contents leaves at the end, Pushkin’s Gavriliada: his blasphemous parody of the Annunciation, at the time a banned book in Russia which did not appear in print there, and even then only in a censored version, until 1907.