WALT WHITMAN
WHITMAN, Walt. Pobegi travy …
[Moscow:] Knigo-izdatel’stvo „Skorpion“ 1911.  
Square 8vo (234 × 184 mm), pp. [4], 22, ‘23—49’ (one page), [50]–216; with a 10-page publisher’s catalogue at the end; uncut in the original printed wrappers, printed in green and black, lightly spotted, a few nicks, spine a little creased and coming away from bookblock at head, printed price overstamped on rear cover (from 1 rouble 60 kopeks to 6.90), old bookseller’s marks to inside rear cover.
First edition of Balmont’s translation of Leaves of Grass. Balmont writes in the preface here that these translations, ‘with the exception of 20–30 pieces printed largely in the journals Vesy and Pereval, appear here for the first time. They are the result of many years reading Leaves of Grass and were done in the autumns of 1903 and 1905, in the magical hours of our belated northern mornings and evenings, on the coast of the Baltic Sea … and even in Moscow in the autumn of 1905 to the accompaniment of the incessant music of rifle shots …’ (p. 7, my translation), a reference to the 1905 Revolution.
Libman 6009.
£1500   
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