Starik. P’esa. [The old man. A play].

Berlin, J. Ladyschnikow, n. d. [1921].

8vo, pp. [3]–71, [1] blank; old ownership stamps to title, and another page; rust marks to a couple of pages; later boards, cloth spine, MS shelfmark to upper board.

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First edition, written 1915, but not premiered until New Year’s Day 1919.

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