Viche 2012 3

3, 2012

Pushkin: rarity in Kudryvskiy

Famous Kyiv antiquarian and art critic Yakiv Berdychevskiy bartered 15 cigarettes for a book Operative Surgery which was presented to Napoleon by his doctor Sabatier. Exactly this edition became one of the most valuable rarities of the capital Museum of Oleksandr Serhiyovych Pushkin (June, 6, 1799 February, 10, 1837). It was opened in May, 1999 on the eve of the celebrations of the bicentenary from the poets birthday. The basis of exhibition was a very rich private collection of abovementioned Yakiv Berdychevskiy which he, before leaving for Germany, presented to the city.
With only one condition: to create the museum of Pushkin.

Mykola SLAVYNSKYI