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Belaia staia

[White Flock]

Publication: Zinaburg, Berlin, for Petropolis and Alkonost, Peterburg, 1923 [printed in Nov. 1922].

AKHMATOVA, Anna, Belaia staia

The third collection of poetry of Russia’s great poetess, here in the first edition to be printed abroad.

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First published in 1917, ‘White Flock’ 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 the fourth edition, the first to also include ‘U samogo moria’ [‘At the Edge of the Sea’], a long autobiographical poem taking place on the shores of the Black Sea. It had been published just a year before printing this edition, in 1921. This is also one of her firsts editions to be printed abroad, and the second of this particular work after a 1919 Tbilisi edition.

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Physical Description

Octavo (19.5 x 13.5 cm). 142 pp. incl. leaf with publisher’s vignette designed by Annenkov, half-title and title, blank leaf.


Original wrappers printed in blue and black.


Spine restored, wrappers very lightly stained, edges creased or torn as often; pretty fresh internally, with the odd minor spot or crease.

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