Iz plamia i sveta [From the Flame and Light].

Petrograd, [R. Golike & A. Vil’borg,] 1918.

Large 8vo, pp. 62; in the original blue and gold printed wrappers, faded and worn.

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First edition. The title is taken from a poem by Lermontov (Est’ rechi—znachen’e / Temno il’ nichtozhno … ‘There are speeches – whose meaning / Is obscure or insignificant / But it is impossible to hear them without being moved … From the flame and light / The born word / Would not find an answer / In the worldly noise …’). It would appear that the fifty poems included here have suffered much the same fate amid the ‘noise’ of the last 90 years or so; we can discover nothing about Tamamshev (this may well be his earliest collection) and his work is now rare.

Kilgour 1155; Tarasenkov p. 362. OCLC locates copies at Stanford, Harvard, and New York Public Library.

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