8vo, pp. [vi], 230, engraved headpieces; some light spotting, particularly at beginning and end, but a good copy in Russian contemporary quarter roan, rubbed.
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First edition: a collected volume of Turgenev’s poems omitted from the Complete collected works of 1883 (see previous item).
Kilgour 1229; not in Smirnov-Sokol’skii.
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