-. Three pages on a small bifolium, approx. 3-1/2 X 4-1/2 in. Fine. Item #203557
Friedrich von Bodenstedt (1819-1892) was a writer and translator, who traveled to Russia and the Caucasus, learning Slavonic languages and Persian. His most successful and enduringly poplular book was "Lieder des Mirza Schaffy," once believed to be translated from Persian. It enjoyed a status on a par with Fitzgerald's "Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam." Here he writes to another author expressing his hoipe that she might do a translation of a book entitled "Three Sisters," which was not, in fact, the play by Chekhov, but rather a novel by an English writer named Elsa d'Esterre-Keeling published in London in 1884 and dedicated to Bodenstedt.