161. POETRY ALMANACS. Almanakh muz 1916 [The Almanac of the Muse 1916]. Petrograd: "Felana," 1916. 200 pp. 8vo (240 x 170 mm). Decorations (including publisher's mark) by Sergei Chekhonin. Original decorated gray wrappers designed by Chekhonin. Condition: wrappers soiled, partially detached; library stamps. One of 1100 copies. With contributions by Innokentii Annenskii, Anna Akhmatova, Valerii Briusov, Nikolai Gumilev, Georgii Ivanov, Mikhail Kuzmin, Osip Mandelshtam, Marina Tsvetaeva and others.
[With:] Drakon. Almanakh stikhov [The Dragon. Almanac of Verse]. Petersburg: [Tsek Poetov], 1921. 80 pp. 8vo (230 x 160 mm). Original tan wrappers. Condition: wrappers partially detached, small splits at extremities. One of 5000 copies. With contributions by Andrei Belyi, Aleksandr Blok, N. Gumilev, Georgii Ivanov, M. Kuzmin, O. Mandelshtam, Fedor Sologub and others.
[And:] Almanakh tsekha poetov. Kniga Vtoraya [Almanac. Second Book]. Petrograd: [Tsekh Poetov], 1921. 88 pp. 8vo (225 x 150 mm). Original blue cloth with cover label. Condition: soiling to label, library stamps to prelims and title page.One of 1500 copies. With contributions by N. Gumilev, G. Ivanov, O. Mandelshtam and others. The compilers note that the book had gone to press when they learned of the death of Aleksandr Blok. The volume concludes with the final two poems written by Nikolai Gumilev, the last being written shortly before he was executed in August 1921. (3)
est. $4000 – £6000