[FLEETING OFFICIAL ADMIRATION OF PASTERNAK] Dve knigi: Stikhi [i.e. Two Books: Verses]
Moscow: Gos. izdatel’stvo, 1927. Item #1487
212 pp., 1 portrait. 20x13,5 cm. In original full cloth with lettering on the front cover. No dust jacket. Slightly tanned binding, small hole in front flyleaf, ink inscription on verso of t.p., otherwise very good and clean internally.
Traces of pencil note “an enemy of the people” are on the frontispiece (above a photo portrait). This term was used towards the poet since he had won the Nobel Prize (1958).
First edition. One of 2000 copies produced. Scarce in very good condition.
A collection of verses by writer and poet Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) that were earlier printed separately. It includes the series “My Sister, Life” and “Themes and Variations”.
The late 1920s – early 1930s saw a short period of official recognition of Pasternak’s works. He took an active part in activities of the Union of Writers of the USSR and N. Bukharin suggested naming Pasternak the best poet of the Soviet Union. This edition was sold out and reprinted in 1930.
Worldcat shows copies located in Princeton, Yale, Harvard, California, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Vanderbilt Universities, NYPL.