8vo, pp. 18, with additional German title-page; paper browned, old ownership note on title and half-title; in the original printed wrappers.
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O liubvi, poezii i gosudarstvennoi sluzhbe. Dialog [On love, poetry and civil service: a dialogue].
First edition: a comic one-act dialogue variously between a Poet in love, a Fool, and a Courtier, written towards the end of Blok’s life.
Ashukin p. 38; not in Kilgour.
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