8vo, pp. 111, browned, small stamp to title; later cloth, the original printed wrappers (restored) bound in, booksellers’ marks to lower wrapper and pastedown.
US $334 €283
The first and only issue of a literary journal edited by A. Volynsky (1863–1926). It includes contributions from Akhmatova (the poem ‘Kak mog ty’ published in Anno Domini/i> (1922)), Fet, Marietta Shaginian (an 8-page piece on her idol Goethe and Weimar), and others.
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