TALES... [Translated from the Russian by Dorian Rottenberg. Edited by John Gibbons...]. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, n.d. . Octavo, illustrated with vignettes and several full-page black and white drawings by M. A. Taranov, gray pictorial cloth. First edition in English. Nineteen wry and satirical fables by this nineteenth-century author, "the greatest of Russian satirists," according to Vera Volkhovsky, the translator of an earlier collection of Saltykov's tales. This collection has been customized to fit Soviet ideological requirements (in the first story, "two generals" becomes "two high officials"). Lower corner tips mildly bruised, else a fine copy in very good dust jacket with some dust soiling and light edge wear. (#113965).