first edition Softcover
by [Edited by] MELNIKOVA-PAPOUSHKOVA, N. F.
V Cheshskoi Pragie [Prague]: Izdatel'stvo "Nasha Riech", 1920. First Edition. Softcover. First edition; 5 1/2" x 7 3/4"; pp. 71; original beige wraps; archival strip to spine; some pages with a thin line of tape to hinge; small signature of previous owner to title page; first few pages with small chips and nicks to fore-edge and corners; relatively mild creasing and spotting to margins of wraps; overall good to very good condition.A remarkable anthology, published as two consecutive, stand-alone volumes in Prague and encompassing the works of the most prominent figures of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry, many of whom by the time of the publishing had fled Russia and were living in exile throughout Europe. The first volume contained poems by Konstantin Balmont - one of the best known Russian Symbolist poets who had initially welcomed the Revolution but was soon disillusioned with the state of his country and was forced to move to Paris after refusing to collaborate with the Bolsheviks; Valerii Briusov - one of the very few of the Symbolists who chose to remain in Russia after the October Revolution; Fyodor Sologub - whom, like many of his contemporaries, had applied for permission to leave Russia in 1919 but was refused, an act which would push his beloved wife over the edge of desperation and make her commit suicide by throwing herself off the Tuchkov Bridge of the Zhdanovka River and would ultimately crush Sologub's spirit and force him to give up any thought of leaving Russia; Dmitrii Merezhkovskii - a seminal figure of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry, the co-founder of the Symbolist movement, and a nine-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature; Zinaida Gippius - wife of Dmitrii Merezhkovskii and one of the most revered female Symbolists, and Leo Tolstoy.The second volume, published later that same year, included works by Anna Akhmatova, Aleksandr Blok, Igor Severianin, and others. (Inventory #: 001134)