12mo, pp. 132, with errata slip bound in at end; a very good copy in the original maroon cloth gilt, small stamps to back pastedown.
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First edition; the first post-Stalin collection of Akhmatova’s poems to be published. It includes some of the poems from her suppressed collection of 1946, Poems 1909-1945, severely censored for this edition.
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