Vladimir Chertkov [Tchertkoff], Free Age Press and Tuckton House, Christchurch, Hampshire : archive of original photographs, ca. 1905-1912. Vladimir Chertkov Chertkov, Leo Tolstoy, Free Age Press.

Vladimir Chertkov [Tchertkoff], Free Age Press and Tuckton House, Christchurch, Hampshire : archive of original photographs, ca. 1905-1912

NP, ca.1906, 1906. First Edition. All photographs are in a very good condition, slightly edge-nicked and dulled as with age. A selection of the portraits are mounted on stiff card. Overall, this unique collection remains particularly well-preserved. Further scans, images etc. and additional bibliographical material available on request. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 0 pages; A remarkable collection of over 30 original photographs relating to Vladimir Chertkov and Tuckton House in England, the home of Free Age Press, which published works of Tolstoy from his original manuscripts. The photographs include portraits of Chertkov, his family and other members of the 'Tolstoy Commune'. Also included are photos of the house and other buildings, with some shots of a building on fire. Some photos are labelled and dated on the reverse, 1905-1912. Biographical note: Vladimir Chertkov, Leo Tolstoy’s secretary and friend, travelled to England in 1897, after his exile by the Russian government. He settled at Tuckton House, where Tolstoy had enjoyed a summer holiday in 1894. Tchertkov brought with him thirty or so other emigres, mainly middle-class artisans and professionals, who were resolved to publish the works of their mentor, Tolstoy. Chertkov put his money, energy and leadership skills into the remarkable Free Age Press, run by A. C. Fifield. Over the next few years, this small press produced 424 million pages of Tolstoy’s writing. Its propagating work was then carried on by the publisher C. W. Daniel, also a fan of Tolstoy, and who acquired the rights of the Free Age Press around 1906. Item #219991

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