Moscow: Tip. kn-va "Koshnitsa," 1918. Octavo (17.4 × 12.5 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 64 pp. Very good; very minor loss to upper wrapper edge, not affecting text; in protective mylar.
First volume of poems by Nikolai Sergeevich Berendgof (1902-1963), the Russian expressionist poet and later member of the "Nichevoki" (Nothingist) group. He has also been classified among the "vizionisty" ("visionists"), an obscure literary movement that included other lesser-known poets such as Adalis, Piast, and Zubakin. Berendgof would go on to author five more books of poems during the 1920s. According to some sources, the poet later sought to destroy copies of his debut book, and it is scarce in the trade in spite of the print run of 3000 copies (Turchinskii confirms this). See Turchinskii, "Russkie poety XX veka, 1900-1955", p. 110. As of December 2019, we can only trace two copies in North American libraries.
Book ID: 50433