The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Государственный мемориальный и природный заповедник «Музей-усадьба Л.Н. Толстого «Ясная Поляна»

[Tolstoy, L.N. The Workman Emelian and the Empty Drum. - Geneve : Elpidine, Libraire-Editeur , 1891 . – 16 p.
Толстой Л.Н. Работник Емельян и пустой барабан . - Geneve : Elpidine, Libraire-Editeur , 1891 . - 16 с. 15.4х10.9. Publisher’s cover; binding well-preserved
Paper, cardboard, calico; typographical printing 

КП-1652 /96

In Russia this tale of Tolstoy’s was published in a censored version and under different titles: “From Falk Tales Created on the Volga in the Distant Past,” “A Tale about an Empty Drum” and others. This edition is the 1st publication of this tale without any censorial changes and under the correct title “The Workman Emelian and the Empty Drum.”  


Elpidine, Mikhail Konstantinovich (1835-1908) – a remarkable figure of the free Russian press; he established the Russian printing company in Geneva, where works banned by censorship and written by Tolstoy, Herzen, Saltykov-Shchedrin and Chernyshevsky were printed. In Russia this tale was first published without censorial changes only in 1906, under the title “A Tale about Emelian and the Empty Drum.” 

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