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A Mystery Solved

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Last year I wrote a piece for this blog about a mysterious Russian manuscript held in the Library’s Special Collections, the origins and provenance of which were completely unknown to us. The original manuscript of the dramatic poem Pugachov, written by the Russian Silver Age lyrical poet Sergei Esenin (sometimes spelt “Yesenin”), was acquired by…

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Russian acquisitions in the UK-Russian Year of Culture 2014

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As the UK-Russian Year of Culture 2014 is over, our Russian Specialist Claudia Ricci provides a brief round-up of recent acquisitions that have been added to our Russian shelves. Last year’s acquisitions started with some publications linked to anniversaries that had taken place during the previous year. One such event was the discovery of Severnaya…

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A Tolstoyan at The London Library

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By Claudia Ricci, Russian Acquisitions and Cataloguing at The London Library. The longest serving Librarian (1893-1940) of The London Library, Sir Charles Hagberg Wright, was a distinguished Victorian polymath, who left a long lasting legacy in the history of the Library, its building and its collections. He was also an active member of the social and…

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A Mysterious Manuscript

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  2. The Library is the host venue for this year’s Rossica Translation Prize 2014, an annual award which promotes the best of Russian literary culture in the English-speaking world, rewarding and encouraging the translation of a broad range of authors, genres and periods. The judges have chosen from a shortlist of Russian literary writing,…

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18th century Russian publications in the Märit and Hans Rausing Russian collections of the London Library

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      Anna Vlasova, London Library Retrospective Cataloguer, this month presents an adaptation of an article recently featured in Solanus, the international journal for the study of the printed and written word in Russia and East-Central Europe, revealing twenty-six fascinating and significant 18th century publications in the Märit and Hans Rausing Russian collections of…

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The 'truly remarkable' riches of the London Library's Russian Collection

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The London Library’s enviable foreign languages collection contains books in over 50 languages, with particular riches in the French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian collections. The Library’s resident polyglot Retrospective Cataloguer Anna Vlasova, with assistance from Claudia Ricci, gives the first installment in her series of bi-lingual pieces focused on the foreign languages in the…

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History, geography and Library shelfmarks

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Claudia Ricci offers an update from the Bibliographic Services team, demonstrating how geopolitics have a direct bearing on where books in our collections are shelved… “Kingdoms rise and fall, nations come and go”, according to the Confucian precept, but in the stacks of The London Library, and particularly in the History section, shelfmarks have traditionally…

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The Ostrog Bible

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The London Library’s vast collection of Russian material covers a wide range of printed works. The Russian element of the collections was first introduced by Robert Harrison, Librarian from 1857 to 1893. His successor, Sir Charles Hagberg Wright (Librarian from 1894 to 1940) had an even stronger interest in Russia, its culture, literature and currents…

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