SEVERYANIN, Igor (1887-1941). Poezokontsert. Izbrannyia poesy dlia publichnago chteniia. [Poezokontsert. Selected poems for public recitals]. [Moscow: A. Gatsuk, 1918].

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Influenced by theories as varied as those of Romanticism and Futurism, and even by Estonian poetry, Severyanin was renowned for his experimentations with metrics and poetic language reworking ‘classic forms into a style of new energy, movement, musicality, and rhythmic richness’ (Terras). From the early years, he was also famous for his poezokontserty – recitals in which he sang his poetry, with a beautiful baritone voice, these made him famous, attracting large audiences both in Russia and abroad. RBH records no other copy having been offered at auction. Not in Kilgour. Terras, Handbook of Russian Literature , p. 400. Octavo (171 x 127mm). (Uniform age browning, few thumb marks, couple of leaves strengthened at gutter). Later cloth with floral pattern. Provenance: I. Severianin (1887-1941) – K.I. Semenev – V. Zemskov (bookplate).