CHEKHOV, ANTON. 1860-1904.
1. Sbornik tovarischestva "Znanie" za 1903 god. [Collection of the "Knowledge" Comradeship for 1903]. St. Petersburg: [Isidor Goldberg], 1904. Small 8vo. 324 pp., volume II only. Contemporary brown half morocco over cloth-covered boards, spine lettered and numbered in gilt. Overall toning with occasional light spotting; extremities rubbed, joints rubbed and slightly split.
FIRST SERIAL PUBLICATION of The Cherry Orchard, see pp 29-105.
2. Vischnevyi sad. Komediya v chetyrekh deistviyakh. The Cherry Orchard. A Comedy in Four Acts. St. Petersburg: A.F. Marks, . 8vo.
Original gray paper wrappers. Neat repair to inner blank margin of title, some light spotting or soiling, tears to inner blank margins of pp 39-42; neat repairs to backstrip and margins of wrappers.
FIRST SEPARATE PUBLICATION of Chekhov's last great play produced by Konstantin Stanislavskii at the Moscow Art Theatre on January 17, 1904. Although there were problems with the censors and Chekhov disapproved of Stanislavskii's direction, the play was a hit. The official date of publication of The Cherry Orchard was June 1, 1904. Sadly, Chekhov died on July 2.