Anna Karenina - Count Lev N. Tolstoy, Leo Weiner (editor) 1904 - Dana Estes and Company, Boston - Limited Edition ‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’

A lovely three volume bound set of Tolstoy’s exquisite novel, charmingly illustrated by Louis Meynell. The Edition de Luxe, limited to 1000 copies of which this is number 405. Translated and edited from the Russian by Leo Wiener.

Set against the rich backdrop of 19th century Russia, the novel recounts the story of beautiful, rebellious Anna and her doomed love affair with the impetuous cavalry officer, Count Vronsky. When Anna rejects her passionless marriage to be with her lover, their liaison scandalises society and tragedy ensues. In contrast to this narrative of love and jealousy, Tolstoy weaves the tale of Levin, a young man striving to find contentment and meaning in his life, his experiences drawn from those of Tolstoy himself.
  Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born in Central Russia. Privately educated, he studied law and Oriental languages at the University of Kazan, before joining an artillery regiment in 1851, and serving in the Crimean War. Upon his return, and time spent in St. Petersburg and abroad, he married Sofya Behrs in 1862. For the following decade and a half, he managed their vast estates in the Volga Steppes, and wrote his masterworks, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

References: Wood, ‘War and Peace: many stories, many lives.’
The Guardian 2014. Penguin Classics, web.

Three octavo volumes (binding size 23.5x16.5cm), pp. [10] 368 [4]; [10] 481 [5]; [10] 411 [3].
  Handsomely bound in recent blue three quarter calf over matching patterned silk, spine with raised bands lettered in gilt, top edges gilt.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 109707   Price: HK$ 7,000