Item #875 [LIFETIME EDITION BY MANDELSTAM] Vtoraia kniga [i.e. The Second Book]. O. Mandelstam.
[LIFETIME EDITION BY MANDELSTAM] Vtoraia kniga [i.e. The Second Book]

[LIFETIME EDITION BY MANDELSTAM] Vtoraia kniga [i.e. The Second Book]

Moscow: Krug, 1923. Item #875

85, [9] pp. 13,5x11 cm. In original printed wrappers. Restored, otherwise very good and clean copy. Ownership (embossed) blindstamp of Ernest Heitetz. One of 3000 copies. Constructivist publisher’s mark (on half title and back cover) created by Iu. Annenkov.

There are four lifetime editions of Osip Mandelstam’s poetry.
After the first one, “Stone”, Osip Mandelstam sought to publish a book “New Stone”, but it appeared under the name “Tristia” in publishing house ‘Petropolis’ (Berlin) in 1922. Mandelstam agreed with the composition of poems but was furious about missing spots. In result of it, he has created his version of this collection, in Moscow, named it “The Second Book” and dedicated to wife Nadezhda Khazina. It is hard to overestimate her contribution to this edition. The poems were written during the First World War and the revolutionary mess. The original drafts were lost and a couple had written together the text again. After Mandelstam was executed in 1938, all his books were banned.

Worldcat shows copies located in Princeton, Yale and Stanford Universities.

Price: $1,800.00

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