New York: Izd-vo Narodopravstvo, 1920–1921. Octavos (21 × 14 cm). Publisher's decorative wrappers on yellow and gray stock; each 64 pp. About very good; light wear to spine extremities of first volume.
Complete set of two anthologies which present a careful selection of recent writing about Russia’s fate after the October Revolution, both by writers in the diaspora and at home. The contents include poems by Ivan Bunin, Maximilian Voloshin, and Konstantin Bal'mont, texts by Teffi and Remizov, an early publication of Alexander Blok’s narrative poem “The Twelve” and contributions about contemporary Russian and Soviet literature, such as Nicholas Roerich’s note on Leonid Andreev’s death and Boris Sokolov on recent Soviet writing. Perhaps most curiously, the first volume also contains Nabokov’s poem “Panikhida,” which was most likely first published in the short-lived Paris journal Griadushchaia Rossiia (in early 1920) and is reprinted here shortly thereafter, representing one of Nabokov’s earliest publications in exile (he had left Russia in April of 1919). The publisher and editor was Tikhon Polner, who wrote for the newspaper Kur'er and the journal Golos minuvshago before the Revolution, and who helped publish the Paris-based journal Golos minuvshego na chuzhoi storone. Scarce complete. Book ID: 50230