|The 'Censorship in Drama' collection includes
autographs and authorized scripts of plays by A.Ostrovsky, I.Turgenev,
N.Nekrasov, A.Chekhov, L.Tolstoi, A.Remizov, M.Kuzmin. The fundamental
editions of plays were published on the basis of the author's scripts from
the library's collections. These scripts bear the stamp of history in the
literal sense of the word - they are covered with all kinds of notes and
sketches of mises en scene.
At that time the library purchased the collection belonged to the Great
Prince Pavel Alexandrovich. This collection was formerly kept in the Palei
Palace at Tsarskoe Selo. It includes some bibliographical rarities. For
example, one of the few surviving copies of the first edition of Ya.B.Knyaznin's
tragedy Vadim Novgorodsky, the entire print run of which was burned by
the order of Empress Catherine II.