8vo, pp. 32, a few spots and stains; in the original blue-grey wrappers, printed paper label on upper cover, worn, booksellers’ stamps on lower wrapper.
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Sady Dofina [The Gardens of the Dauphin].
First (and only?) edition. The poems are divided into two sections: ‘The Gardens of the Dauphin’ and ‘Sacred Spring’. Aside from these restful, often religious lyrics, Korolevich evidently had an interest in the cinema; he later published works on director Erich von Stroheim and silent-film actress Leatrice Joy.
OCLC locates copies at Harvard, Stanford, and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek only. Tarasenkov p. 188 (1000 copies); not in Kilgour.
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Spisok blagodeianii … [List of blessings].
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Ivan and Fyodor Samonenko’s hugely popular series . There were at least 12 editions before the Revolution, highlighting Russia’s passion for performance at the time. The first volume, containing lyric poetry and humorous verse, had appeared in 1902. A second volume, in 1905, of which this is the second edition, expanded by over 150 pages, added prose. Further volumes came out in 1908 (verse and prose), 1909 (contemporary poetry, including from America and Europe), and 1916 (humour and satire).