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On the Eve

Ivan S[ergeevich] Turgenev

This is one of five known, and two possible, books in Hodder & Stoughton's Great Russian Fiction Series. They are listed on the rear cover of the jacket, below. Two of these novels have not been seen with a jacket, so the design by Blampied is assumed. The novel The Abyss was actually issued as The Precipice. The jackets of four of the novels have drawings in black pen and ink by Blampied and were printed on thick orange paper, like the jacket shown below.

Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) was a Russian writer, poet, translator and playwright. On the Eve was first published in 1860. It was translated from the Russian by C.E. Turner and first published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1869.

  First edition, thus

Bibliography code: HOD-15.15

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Series: Great Russian Fiction

Year: 1915

Format: 8vo

Pages: vii, 240, 8 pp adverts

Binding: Red decorated cloth with large black Imperial Russian eagle impressed in black with small shield of St. George and Dragon within; title above and author below in black. Spine in black from top: Great Russian Fiction, title, author, Imperial crest, publisher

Size: 195 x 134 mm

Dust jacket signed: signed Blampied, lower centre left

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 2 shillings 6 pence

Printing history: other book in series states Printed in 1915

Printed by: not known

Notes: The artwork for the dust jacket was sold at Phillips, New Bond Street, London, 20th March 1998, lot 340, for £440.

Image of dust jacket

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Image of cover

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