In search of Mikhail Leonovich Gasparov


Since Thornton’s appeared to be advertising vol 3 of Gasparov’s Izbrannye trudy, I emailed them as follows:

Dear Sirs,

Do you still have the following book:

GASPAROV, M.L. Izbrannye Trudi. Volume 3. order no. R71517 Price: GBP 16.50 ?

It appears in some third-party databases, but not in your catalogues as far as I can see…


and got the following (seemingly positive) reply:

Thank you, our catalogues only contain part of our stock. All books
should be ordered vai ILAB or antiqbook

the order link is

So I ordered it, as one would, and got the following reply:

We now find that this has been sold, apologies for earlier reply.

If you like we could try and find anaother copy in Russia

[presumably they’d not bothered looking the first time!] I knew there was some reason I’d spent 25 years not buying anything from them…

So then I tried ordering vols 1 & 2 from MIPP as listed on their site and a few days later:

Unfortunately we are not able to supply volume 2.

Volume 1 is ready for delivery and can be sent shortly:

Gasparov M.L.
Izbrannye trudy: T.1: O poetakh.
Volume 1: M.: IAzyki russkoi kul’tury, 1997. 664+504 pp.. Hard. 3000 copies. In Russian.
$20.00 (Item no. M81712)

Do you agree to get volume 1 without volume 2?

This is not meant be be a criticism of MIPP–getting hold of Russian books is not an easy business.  But I wasn’t that interested in vol 1…As to other possibilities, claim to have vols 1 & 2 for an extortionate $75.

I can for the moment only dream about Veroyatnostnaya model’ stikha…

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One Response to “In search of Mikhail Leonovich Gasparov”

  1. Buying books in Russian « Notes of an idealist Says:

    […] Then there is Thornton’s–you can read about my unsuccessful experience with them here. […]

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