very attractive copy of the first edition of Akhmatova’s fourth collection
Anno domini MCMXXI presents 23 new poems from this fertile era in her creative life, together with the re-edition of ‘Podorozhnik’, which had been published in that year 1921. Many of the poems concern Akhmatova’s husbands Gumilyov and Shileyko: she felt somehow responsible for Gumilyov’s death (executed in 1921), and she mourned him for years, in spite of the fact that their relationship quickly proved untenable subsequent to their marriage in 1910. The volume marks the dawn of Akhmatova’s special poetic strategy of mythologizing her own autobiography, which would later come to fruition in her summa, ‘Poem bez geroya’.
First edition; 24to (12. 3 x 9.3 cm); original wrappers in blue and black, designed by Dobuzhinsky; ex-libris to inner cover, small repairs; in a modern blue cloth sleeve and box with white label to spine; a fine copy; 102pp. p. advertisement.
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