And Quiet Flows the Don (Two Volume Set) by Mikhail Sholokhov 1st / 1st 1934-40
First UK editions both published by Putnam. The first volume is the very scarce And Quiet Flows the Don and this was published in 1934. It is very hard to find this first volume in the series in any condition. This book is about very good. The fugitive wrapper is worn. There is loss particularly to the upper and lower spine. The reverse of the jacket shows extensive tape repairs along with spine edges and joins. The wrapper in general is worn. The book fairs a lot better with only very minor rubbing to the spine ends. The pages overall are very clean with only a patch of browning and light occasional foxing marks to the side text block. The follow up to the first volume is "The Don Flows Home to the Sea" published in 1940. This is a near fine copy. The jacket spine is a shade toned. There is a small tear to the top corner of the back panel, otherwise it is in nice condition, as is the book. Overall the set is very good. The jacket of the first volume is worn but scarce in any condition.
The Nobel Laureate's masterpiece about the life and fate of the Don Cossacks during the Great War and Russian Revolution. It took him 14 years to write the Don novels. The first three volumes were written from 1925 to 1932 and originally published in the Soviet magazine Oktyabr in 1928–1932 and then first published in the UK in one volume by Putnam in 1934, and the fourth volume was finished in 1940 and published at the same time in the Soviet Union and the UK. This complete set is hard to find, so scarce.