12mo, pp. 50, ; a very good copy, uncut in the original printed wrappers, some minor tears to edges.
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Stikhi o Rossii [Poems about Russia].
First edition of these poems, written between 1904 and 1918.
Kilgour 190; Tarasenkov p. 53.
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