KUZMIN, MIKHAIL ALEKSEEVICH. 1872-1936.
Nezdeshnie vechera. [Otherworldly Evenings.] Petrograd: Golike & Wilborg, 1921.
Small 4to (170 x 125 mm). 135 pp. Original wrappers, glassine jacket. Text block heavily toned, small waterstain at lower fore-corner.
FIRST EDITION, limited to 1,000 copies. Mstislav Valeryanovich Dobuzhinsky designed the wrappers as well as the printer's device. When the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva came across this book of poems in a shop, she was both impressed and envious of Kuzmin's extraordinary achievement. "Jealousy and joy, a two-edged sword," she wrote; "I readand the joy grows, I finishand the serpent of jealousy is pierced, nailed down."