THE TRANSLATOR’S WORKING COPIES
OFFENBACH, Jacques. Ein Ehemann vor der Thür (Un mari à la porte). Operette in einem Akt nach dem Französischen des Delacour und Morand in deutscher Bearbeitung von A. Bahn u. J. C. Grünbaum … Vollständiger Klavier-Auszug mit gesungenem und gesprochenem Text …
Ed. Bote G. Bock, Berlin …  [1911].
[With:] —————. [In Cyrillic:] „Novobrachnyi za dver’iu spal’ni svoei zheny“. Operetta v 1-m deistveii … Perevod P. B. Zenkevicha. S.-Peterburg. Tip. T-va « Ekateringofskoe Pechatnoe Delo » … 1912.

Together two works: Ein Ehemann: large 8vo (266 × 178 mm), pp. [2], 77, [1]; plate numbers 4801–4807; Russian translation provided in contemporary ms. ink above the score throughout, some sections crossed through in pencil; contemporary half cloth, front hinge cracked, stamp of the ‘Music Library of P. B. Zenkevich’ to the title, ms. label to upper board; Novobrachnyi: three copies, large 8vo (270 × 173 mm), pp. 15, [1]; lithographed from original typescript; marginal browning; original pink printed wrappers, a little chipped; two copies stamped ‘Music Library of P. B. Zenkevich’, with cuts etc. marked in pencil in places, one copy denoted ‘prompt copy’ in ms. pencil to front cover.

The Russian translation of Offenbach’s vaudevillian operetta: the original score used by the translator, plus his copies of his final translation, marked up for performance. The copies of the translation are lithographed from the original typescript, presumably to be used by members of the cast or, as in one case here, the prompter. It is therefore likely that they were produced in small numbers.

Pavel Boleslavich Zenkevich (1886–1942), a school friend of the poet Nikolai Gumilev, translated a number of operettas by French and German composers, and worked variously as an actor, cellist, director, and critic, largely in the provinces. After the Revolution he gravitated towards Moscow, where he became acquainted with writers such as Bulgakov and Mandelshtam, and worked in the theatres there. In 1936, he was arrested for anti-Soviet agitation and later died, from lobar pneumonia, in a camp at Kolyma in northeast Siberia.

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