‘FROM THE FLAME AND LIGHT
THE BORN WORD
WOULD NOT FIND AN ANSWER'

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.

£250

Approximately:
US $323€296

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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 ninety years or so; we can discover nothing about Tamamshev (this may well be his earliest collection) and his work is now rare.

OCLC locates copies at Stanford, Harvard, and New York Public Library.

Kilgour 1155; Tarasenkov, p. 362.

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