Books with Autograph Inscriptions
The Story of Military Operations
in Asian Turkey in 1828 and 1829.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn's short story
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
More than 15 000 books in the Russian stock bear autograph inscriptions by major writers and cultural figures, prominent state figures and scholars. They include Gavrila Derzhavin, Alexander Sumarokov, Dostoevsky, Blok, Alexander I's favourite Arakcheev, the historian Nikolai Kostomarov, the library's director Modest Korff and the pioneer in space travel Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, to name just a very few.
An inscribed book that once belonged to someone the author knew or to a well-known individual becomes doubly important. It enables us to learn about the relation between the author of the work and contemporary readers. Many books bear presentation inscriptions from authors who have kindly donated their works to us.
Inscribed books have no separate catalogue yet. Since the 1950s, our research staff have been working to seek out such books from among the Library's holdings. The catalogue for books with autograph inscriptions is in preparation and will be made available here soon.