TOLSTOY, Leo. Chto takoe iskusstvo? Moscow, Izdanie "Posrednika", 1898.
8vo. Contemporary Russian cloth-backed boards; pp. 48; light wear to extremities, evenly a little toned, due to paper stock; a good copy of a great rarity.
First edition in Russian, one year after the English translation had appeared, because the Russian censors had objections. Aylmer Maude, Tolstoy's friend and translator called What is Art? 'probably the most masterly of all Tolstoy's works'. - Still an important and radical contribution to the theory of art.
COPAC locates a single copy, at Manchester University.