St. Petersburg: Tipografiia A. S. Suvorina, 1900. Octavo (23.5 × 16.5 cm). Contemporary dark red half-leather binding over five raised bands, with gilt title to spine and marbled edges; [IV], V-XXII, , 4-658, [I-V] pp. With a frontis portrait and facsimile of the author's handwriting. Very good, only hinges and corners lightly rubbed and top edge faded; bookseller label and stamp of K. L. Rikker, St. Petersburg. Item #3134
The collected lyric poems, humorous verse and prose of Aleksei Apukhtin, a nineteenth-century Russian poet and critic known especially for his romances, some of which were set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Apukhtin was a close friend of the composer; unlike Tchaikovsky, he did not hide his homosexuality. The autobiographical introduction for the this volume was written by Modest Tchaikovsky (1850-1916), Pyotr's younger brother. K. L. Rikker was an important St. Petersburg publisher and bookseller of German origin, whose firm existed up until the Russian Revolution.