MANDELSHTAM, OSIP. 1891-1938.
Almanach 'Dom Iskusstv Num. I' [House of Arts. No 1.] Petersburg: 1921.
4to. 83,  pp. Illustrated with plates. Original printed wrappers. Custom red chemise and quarter morocco slipcase. Thumbing, small splash stain to first few pages; backstrip perished and crudely retaped.
"WHEN PSYCHE, WHO IS LIFE"AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT POEM SIGNED BY MANDELSHTAM to last page and inside lower wrapper. First number of the Almanac published by the famous House of Artsthe organization that supported many Russian writers and artists in the difficult period after the Revolution. Contributors include Mandelstam, Gumilyov, Akhmatova, Blok, Remizov, Zamyatin and others. The cover is illustrated by M. Dobujzhinsky and the volume includes other illustrations by him as well as Chekhonin, Kustodiev and others. Among the texts published here for the first time is Zamyatin's famous and important article, "I am Afraid."
Osip Mandelstam has written his 16-line poem, "When Psyche, Who is Life," (later published in Tristia in 1922) covering 1¼ pages at the end of the volume in bold pencil and signed "O. Mandelshtam." Mandelstam submitted three poems for publication to the present work, all dedicated to Olga Arbenian, the muse of the Acmeists. Only two of the poems were published: Mandelstam wrote out the text of the third for a friend on this copy. This is the only known manuscript of the present poem.