Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Spine lightly sunned, short split at head of front hinge, creasing and short closed tears at the head of the first 15 pages. A very good copy. First Garnett edition, first impression, being the fourth of her comprehensive twelve-volume series of Dostoevsky's novels. Constance Garnett's translations of Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev introduced and popularised Russian literature among the English public. The translations, though they have been the subject of some criticism, remain in print today. Crime and Punishment was first published in English in 1886 (following the original Russian publication of 1866) by Vizetelly & Co., but it was Garnett's translation which proved the most influential across the 20th century.