GUMILEV, NIKOLAI STEPANOVICH. 1886-1921.
1. Gilgamesh. Petrograd: Z.I. Grzhebin, 1919. Translated by N.S. Gumilev. Introduction by Vladmir Kazimirovich Shileiko.
2. Shater. [The Tent.] Revel: "Bibliofil," 1921. Decorated by Nikolai Konstantinovich Kalmakov. Period wrappers preserving most of Kalmakov's original upper wrapper. Kalmakov was a Russian Symbolist painter whose strange, haunting paintings are only now receiving the recognition among collectors denied in his own lifetime.
3. Koster. [Pillar of Fire.] Petrograd & Berlin: Z.I. Grzhebin, 1922. This poet's most enduring and thus most desirable work.
4. Kolchan. 4-ya Kniga stikhov. [The Quiver; 4th Book of Verses.] Petrograd: Petropolis, 1923. Second printing.
5. K sinei zvezde. [To the Blue Star.] Berlin: Petropolis, 1923. One of the rarest of Gumilev's publications.
12mo and 16mo. Original wrappers except where mentioned. Chipping or fraying to yapp edges.
FIRST EDITIONS except where mentioned. N.S. Gumilev was a founder of the Acemist movement in poetry and the great modern Russian poet Anna Akhmatova's first husband. Kerensky's Provisional Government appointed him special commissar in France. On his return to Russia in 1918, he served as head of the French literature department of Vsemirnaya Literatura [World Literature]. In 1921, the Cheka arrested him as a monarchist conspirator, and appeals from Gorky and others directly to Lenin could not save him. He was executed and his works were banned.