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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Besy. [The Possessed]. St. Petersburg: K. Zamyslovskii, 1873. First edition. Three volumes in one; octavo (8.125 x 5.625 inches; 206 x 144 mm.). [vi], 294; [iv], 358; [iv], 311, [1, blank] pages; half-titles bound in. Contemporary black half straight-grain morocco, spine in five compartments with four raised bands; compartments ruled in gilt in and blind and lettered in gilt; raised bands tooled in gilt; green marbled paper-covered boards, covering the leather corners. Backstrip rubbed and very lightly soiled with a few minor creases; spine gilt slightly worn; joints very lightly stressed; boards very lightly worn with a few minor surface scratches (mostly on the rear board); board edges lightly worn. Endpapers and preliminary and terminal leaves foxed with some lighter foxing throughout the text; previous owner signature in blue ink on the first half-title and page [v] of the first volume, also appears offset on the terminal blank (original leaf not present); front hinge possibly strengthened. Very good. Also published as The Devils and Demons. "As a political tract, a portrayal of sick minds, and a study of the manipulation of groups, The Possessed remains Dostoevsky's masterpiece." (Terras. Handbook of Russian Literature. New Haven: 1985. p. 107). From the Marilyn R. Duff Collection.

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