Iantari. Stikhotvoreniia [Ambers. Poems.]

Riga, M. Didkovska, [1937].

8vo, pp. 151, [1]; tear repaired to blank margin in pp. 31-2, else a very good copy, partly unopened, in the original printed paper wrappers (spotted), small chip at foot of spine.


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First and only edition of a posthumous collection by the émigré poet Pavel Petrovich Bulygin (1896-1936). Bulygin left Russia after the Revolution, living at first in France and Germany, where he published a volume of Poems influenced by Blok in 1922. In 1924 he became military instructor to the Ethiopian army, and after a brief return to Europe he was invited to lead a colony of Old Believers to be established in Paraguay, where he died, his ambition to return to Russia never fulfilled.

Iantari contains poems written in Germany, Abyssinia, Ceylon, and Paraguay, combining nostalgic reminiscences of Old Russia with evocations of Bulygin’s exotic travels. The final section, entitled ‘Chuzhiia zvezdy’ (‘Foreign stars’), was written in memory of Nikolai Gumilev, poet and early victim of the Cheka.

OCLC shows copies at Los Angeles Public Library, Stanford, Yale and Amherst. Not in Tarasenkov, nor at the National Library of Russia.

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