Nevol'nik chesti: poema [A prisoner of honor: a long poem].

New York: 1936. Octavo (24.2 × 16 cm). Original staple-stitched wrappers with a portrait of Pushkin; 67, [1] pp. Frontis portrait of the author (reproduction of a drawing). Printed on thick coated paper stock. With numerous illustrations pertaining to Pushkin's life. About very good; upper right corner creased and lightly torn; wrappers lightly discolored. Item #1908

Second edition. Uncommon Pushkiniana written by a white émigré poet Lidia Nelidova-Fiveiskaia, first published in Chicago in 1933. As a “national poet” Aleksandr Pushkin had great symbolic significance among the white émigrés, who had to leave Russia fleeing the Bolshevik regime. While the Bolsheviks presented Pushkin as a revolutionary anti-monarchist (because of his early connections with the Decembrists), the émigré intelligentsia emphasized Pushkin as the standard bearer of Russian high culture. Pushkin societies, reading circles and émigré re-publications were especially common, with this publication yet another manifestation of the author’s significance for the community. KVK, OCLC show over a dozen copies of the first and second edition worldwide.

Price: €100.00