Shanghai: Izdatel'stvo "Slovo", 1938. Octavo (20 × 14 cm). Contemporary half-cloth binding; wrappers not preserved; 233 pp. Title somewhat creased and with tear to corner, not affecting text; else about very good.
First and only edition of this volume of literary essays by the Russian poet and critic of the “First Wave” of the Russian emigration, Iurii Vladimirovich Mandel'shtam (1908-1943), who was not related to his more famous namesake Osip Mandelstam. After fleeing to France with his parents at age 12 and graduating with a degree in philology from the Sorbonne, Mandel'shtam went on to participate in numerous poetic circles, including the “Krug” and “Perekrestok” groups, developing his style according to the pre-revolutionary Acmeist tradition. He published three volumes of poems that were well received. After converting to Orthodoxy in 1935, he married Stravinsky's daughter Liudmila, who died in 1938. As a Jew, Mandel'shtam was arrested by the Gestapo in 1942 and perished at Auschwitz several months later. The present work gathers various essays of literary (and more broadly: cultural) history and criticism, on topics such as Dante, Goethe, Beethoven, Balzac, Rimbaud, and others.
As of December 2020, KVK and OCLC show ten copies in North American libraries.
Book ID: 50920