8vo, photographic frontispiece portrait, pp. 269 + advertisement leaf; edges browned, some pencil annotations; in the original printed paper boards, spine and edges discoloured.
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Teatr. Balaganchik – Korol’ na ploshchadi – Neznakomka – Deistvo o Teofile – Roza i krest [Theatre. The puppet show – The king on the square – The stranger – The miracle of Theophilus – The rose and the cross].
A reprint of these plays, first published together in one volume in 1916.
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