BACON, Francis.
BACON, Francis. Novaia Atlantida [New Atlantis] …
Moskva. V tipografii G-zhi Bozhukovoi.  1821.
12mo (180 × 112 mm), pp. 188; private ownership stamp at the foot of the title and p. 17; a very good copy in later nineteenth-century half roan, rubbed, spine somewhat sunned.
First edition in Russian of Bacon’s influential New Atlantis, with an afterword by the anonymous translator (pp. [183]–188), which refers to recent disturbances in Europe and looks towards a, one hopes, peaceful future. The book did not appear again in Russian until after the Revolution, in 1922. The printer, Mrs Bozhukova, is interesting: WorldCat lists only two other books from her press, both from 1821.

The title-page states that it was translated from the French, presumably from an early edition. The BnF catalogue does not show any French translations from around the time.

Of all Russian thinkers, it was Aleksandr Herzen who was most influences by Bacon. See Aileen M. Kelly, Views from the Other Shore: Essays on Herzen, Chekhov, and Bakhtin (Yale UP, 1999), ch. 1.

Extremely rare: WorldCat locates the New York Public Library copy only. Not in COPAC or KVK. Not found in Negley.
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