Moscow [Odessa]: Knigoizdatel'stvo "Buria", . Small octavo (16 × 12 cm). Original printed wrappers; 63 pp. About very good; light overall wear and dust-soiling, minor chipping to spine.
A curious bibliographical mystery, this edition appears to be one of the very first full publications of Pushkin's scandalously sacrilegious poem, written in 1821. Though partial publications as well as editions abroad had appeared earlier (notably in London in 1861 and in Berlin in 1898), the full text of the poem was first published in Russia in 1918 by Symbolist poet and editor Valery Briusov, by the publisher "Al'tsiona." Briusov sought to contextualize the work in Pushkin's oeuvre, as a series work of literature, rather than a bawdy text that should be dismissed as "non-literary."
This edition possibly precedes the first legal publication of the same work in 1918 in Moscow, or was published shortly afterwards.
We can only trace the copy held at the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg, which indicates the place of publication as Odessa, though we have not been able to substantiate this by other means. As of September 2021, not in KVK, OCLC.
Book ID: 51570