О Поэзии: СборникСтатей [O poezii: Sbornik statei; ‘On poetry: A collection of essays’].

Leningrad, Academia, 1928.

Small 8vo, pp. 97, [3]; an excellent, clean copy; in the original pink printed wrappers, minor wear to spine, a couple of small stains to upper wrapper; in a red folding cloth box with printed label; neat contemporary ownership note to title.

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First edition of this collection of essays on poetry and the arts, by the prominent Acmeist poet Osip Mandelstam (1891–1938). ‘[Mandelstam] regarded the period during which he wrote these articles (1922-26) as the worst in his life. It was a period of decline, and in repudiating it altogether, M. took no account of the many good and genuine things he wrote at that time – notably the passages in a number of articles where he attacks the general tendency toward stagnation’ (Nadezhda Mandelstam, Hope against Hope, p. 176).

Increasingly disillusioned by the Bolshevik regime, in 1934 Mandelstam was arrested and sentenced to internal exile with his wife, the writer Nadezhda Mandelstam. Released in 1937, he was re-arrested the following year and sentenced to five years in a correction camp, but died of typhoid fever in a transit camp near Vladivostock.

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