Sonety. Posmertnoe izdanie [Sonnets. Posthumous edition].

[Kiev, Frontskevich,] 1895.

8vo, pp. [6], 58; a fine copy in French contemporary cloth-backed boards (signed by Pierson-Henry Joseph), with the original blue-grey printed paper wrappers bound in.

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First edition: fifty-seven sonnets by the diplomat and poet Count Pyotr Buturlin (1859-1895). This is a gentle and lyrical collection, in a form for which Buturlin was particularly known, and draws on the ancient world and Pan-Slavic mythology for inspiration, as well as his own broad European experience.

Born in Florence and educated in England, Buturlin published his first collection of poetry in Florence in English (First Trials, 1878, no copy traced), but began to contribute Russian verse to periodicals during the 1880s. His first Russian collection, Sibilla i drugie stikhotvoreniia [The Sibyl and other poems] appeared in 1890, and a collection of 20 sonnets came out the following year.

Kilgour 218. OCLC shows five copies: Universiteitsbibliotheek Amsterdam, Harvard, Columbia, Library of Congress, and UC Berkeley. Not in COPAC or KVK.

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