8vo, pp. 72, a few pencil annotations; in the original printed wrappers, some wear to edges and head and tail of spine.
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Krai ottsov [Land of the fathers].
First edition: a collection of poems.
Not in Tarasenkov, NUC, OCLC or the British Library catalogue. RLIN cites two copies, at Cornell and Harvard (April 2002).
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