Prague: Plamia, 1926. Octavo (18 × 12.5 cm). Original decorative wrappers; , 284,  pp. A very good, largely uncut and unopened copy, in dust-soiled wrappers and with light wear to overlapping wrapper extremities. Item #6645
An important work of Russian emigre literary criticism of the interwar period. Based in Sofia, Petr Mikhailovich Bitsilli wrote a series of highly-acclaimed articles and longer studies on major Russian poets. The present work includes sections on the evolution of Russian verse; the poetry of Pushkin; and Lermontov's place in Russian literature. The three works are united by the author's concern with exploring the essential nature of poetry, which he locates in the key role of rhythm. Scarce in the trade, especially in such good condition.