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Barrie, J.M.

The Little White Bird. The only edition in the new orthography.

The Little White Bird. The only edition in the new orthography.

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Barrie, J.M. [The Little White Bird]. Belaya Ptichka.

Series Vsemirnaia literature, № 49.
Translation by A. Damanskaia.
Edited and with a preface by P. Guber.

Peterburg, Vsemirnaia literatura, 1922.
18mo, 328, [2] pp., 4 pp. (advertising).

In 19th century half leather, spine lettered in gilt.Original wrappers preserved.
In good condition, new endpapers, some wear to edges, lightly water-stained to wrappers and some page margins, p. 65–96 bound before p. 33.

Second book edition of 'The Little White Bird' in Russian translation. The only edition of this translation in the new orthography. Lifetime edition. One of 3 500 copies published.

'The Little White Bird' (1902) was first published in Russian in the magazine 'Letopis' ' in 1917, and the following year it was released as a book. J.M. Barrie's famous character Peter Pan was introduced to Russian readers through this translation. The translation was prepared by Avgusta Damanskaia (1877-1959), a female writer, prominent translator, and literary critic who emigrated in 1920 and settled in Paris. However, her life as an émigré was marked by poverty and uncertainty. In a letter to Maxim Gorky, the notable Soviet writer and founder of the World Literature ('Vsemirnaia literatura') publishing house, she requested financial assistance for translations that had been published in the USSR. The last edition of this translation appeared in Berlin in 1923. Furthermore, the character of Peter Pan was forgotten in the USSR until 1968. 
The author of the preface is Petr Guber (1886-1940), a writer and considered 'one of the best Leningrad translators'. He was arrested in 1938 and died in prison.

Very rare. The Russian State Library has only one copy of this edition, which is quite unusual. We couldn't trace any copy of this edition in the USA or European libraries via OCLC.

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