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Shakespeare, William

Henry IV. First edition in Pasternak's translation.

Henry IV. First edition in Pasternak's translation.

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Shakespeare, William [Henry IV: Historical Chronicle in Two Parts]. Genrikh IV: Istoricheskaia Khronika v Dvukh Chastiakh.

Translation by Boris Pasternak.
Afterword and comments by M. Morozov.
Illustrations by F. Konstantinov.

Moskva-Leningrad, Detgiz, 1948.
8vo, 256 pp., ill.

In original publisher's binding.
In good condition, corners bumped, tears to top corner of two leaves not touching any text.

First edition of 'Henry IV' in Pasternak's translation.

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) signed a new contract for the translation of both parts of 'Henry IV' in January 1945. The translation was completed in August 1945 immediately after his father's death. Leonid Pasternak died in Oxford in July 1945 and Boris Pasternak saw him last time in 1923.
Afterword was prepared by a literary critic, Shakespearean scholar Mikhail Morozov (1897-1952). He headed the cabinet of Shakespeare and Western European theater at the All-Russian Theatrical Society.
Illustrations were created by Fedor Konstantinov (1910-1997). He studied at the Moscow Institute of Fine Arts under Vladimir Favorsky, a master of woodcut. He also created illustrations for 'Romeo and Juliet' (1944) translated by Pasternak. 

Zakharenko, 1995. # 116.

OCLC locates only one copy of this edition: in the Harvard University Library.

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