One of 60 nominal copies




Publication: Petropolis, Petrograd, 1921.

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Podorozhnik

First edition of this celebrated poetry collection by one of Russia’s best poets. A fresh example of the rare issue of only 60 nominal copies.

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First edition of this famous work, Akhmatova’s fourth poetry collection – one of only 60 ad nominem copies, printed for Savelii Isaakovich Grinberg, brother-in-law of the publisher, Yakov Blokh, who owned the active Petropolis publishing house. Originally from St Petersburg, but educated at Cambridge before and after World War I, Grinberg became administrator of Petropolis once in Berlin; he moved to Holland in 1932, and settled in England in 1934 where he became a manufacturer.

In a charming small format, with a celebrated cover design by Mstislav Dobuzhinskii, a member of Diaghilev’s Mir Iskusstva group of innovative artists.


From the estate of Savelii Grinberg (1896-1985).


Kilgour 7; Tarasenkov p.24; Lesman 136; Rozanov 2061.

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Physical Description

Small octavo (12 x 8.5cm). 59 pp. inc. printer’s note, frontispiece, title, half-title.


Original illustrated wrappers, printed in yellow and black, yapp edges.


Very faint waterstain to the top corner of a few leaves; wrappers with short tears at extremities and light spotting. A fresh example.

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