When she was still allowed in Soviet Union


Belaia staia

[White Flock]

Publication: Peterburg, 23aia. Gos. Tip. for Alkonost, 1922.

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Belaia staia

Fresh example of this uncommon, early edition of Akhmatova’s third book.

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First published in 1917, it was Akhmatova’s third collection of poetry, written during the disintegration of her marriage and as a world war raged on, it is a deeply Christian engagement with the manifold grief of human history. This is a fine example of the third edition, a lovely production on laid paper; this copy without any restoration.


From the estate of Ksenia Muratova (1940-2019), a descendant of the celebrated art historian Pavel Muratov; Ksenia was herself a noted art historian, Professor Emerita of Art History at Rennes 2 University in France, and founder of the Pavel Muratov International Center of Studies in Rome.

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Duodecimo (14.5 x 11.7 cm). 118 incl. leaf with publisher’s vignette designed by Annenkov, half-title and title, and [10] pp., incl. publisher’s catalogue at end.


Original printed wrappers.


Wrappers minimally rubbed and creased at extremities, one minor blue spot in outer corner of lower wrapper; internally fresh and spotless, paper uniformly yellowed.

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