First book edition

BLOK, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich

O liubvi, poezii i gosudarstvennoi sluzhbe

[Dialogue About Love, Poetry and Government Service]

Publication: Otto Elsner for Skify, Berlin, 1920.

BLOK, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, O liubvi, poezii i gosudarstvennoi sluzhbe

Very good example of this first separate edition of Blok’s thoughts on a wide range of themes.

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Pleasant example of this uncommon work, which grew out of the play ‘The King on the Square’ (1907) and first appeared the same year in the magazine ‘Pereval’: this is the first separate edition. The work reflects Blok’s personal crisis, as well as his observations on the Russian society and the 1905 Revolution.

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Physical Description

Small 8vo (20 x 13.5 cm). 18 pp. incl. titles in German and Russian, [2] pp.


Original publisher’s wrappers, stapled as issued.


Paper a bit browned, the odd pencil mark; original staples rusting, as a result block loose, minor creases to edges.

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