WALT WHITMAN
WHITMAN, Walt. Gromche udar’, baraban… [In:] Sbornik tovarishchestva „Znanie“ za 1906 god. Kniga dvenadtsataia [The association Znanie’s anthology for 1906. Book twelve] …
S.-Peterburg. 1906.  
8vo (194 × 133 mm), pp. [4], 320, [4]; light marginal browning only; contemporary half cloth, rubbed, corners worn, remains of original printed wrappers laid down; ink inscriptions to the front endpapers.
Konstantin Balmont’s first published Whitman translation, ‘Beat! beat! drums!’, printed here on pp. 251–2 of Book XII of the Znanie almanac for 1906. Znanie (‘Knowledge’) was the name of both a St Petersburg publishing association, founded in 1898, and its literary almanac, which ran from 1903 to 1913, with Gorky (who is represented by three stories here, all from In America, 1906) as its leading light. The volume also includes works by Semyon Yushkevich, Emil Verkharn, Aleksandr Serafimovich, Evgeny Tarasov, Evgeny Chirikov, and Stepan Skitalets.
Libman 5999.
£1400   
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