Russian words only.
Libretto by the composer based on the play by Pushkin.
First performed in its entirety at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg on 8 February 1874.
First ed., 2nd issue.
The Library's is the only known engraved copy of this issue; a gold crown and the initials "AN" stamped in gold on p.  of cover and on the spine may indicate that it belonged to Tsar Alexander [Nikolaivich] II.
Many pages have numbers--some consecutive, some apparently random--in the bottom left or right corner of the plate.
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837. Boris Godunov.
Bessel', Vasilīĭ Vasil'evich, 1842 or 3-1907, publisher.