Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace is an epic piece of work in literature. Deemed the greatest literary work referencing the Napoleonic wars, the historical novel was first published in 1869.

The first complete edition translated in English (1886) was recently sold by Bauman Rare Books for $18,000 – it was six volumes in wonderful original pictorial cloth gilt binding. Literature matters.

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature

What makes this work so important?

The juxtaposition of historical, social, and personal themes and the monumental size and scope of the novel combine to present an accurate and vibrant portrait of the Russian nation.