A Dostoevsky letter at the Rylands
Turning to leave one of our manuscript storage areas I saw a box labelled Small Russian Manuscripts. Curious – I hadn’t realised we had any Russian manuscript material – I took a look inside.
The box was a third full and contained two paper bound printed books and three brown envelopes.
Sitting at my desk the following morning I examined the contents: An autographed printed copy of Vsevold Garshin’s short stories (1882); an anonymous printed volume on state sovereignty which has a handwritten dedication to Ivan Turgenev (1876); the visiting card of Russian Chemist Dmitri Mendeleev; a covering letter from the donor of the items and – most surprisingly – a letter written by Fyodor Dostoevsky in St. Petersburg in December 1863.
One sheet of paper
Opening the envelope (marked in biro: F.M.DOSTOEVSKY) I found a single sheet of paper divided by a fold into four handwritten pages.
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