PASTERNAK, BORIS. 1890-1960.
Izbrannie stikhii poemi. [Selected Poems.] Moscow: OGIZ, 1945. 8vo. 188 pp. Original coated burgundy cloth. Small corner stain to f.f.e. with inscription and title-page, rubbing to extremities.
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY of this collection, published during the thaw that was occasioned by the Second World War. This copy inscribed by Pasternak on December 23, 1946, in translation: "To Victor Ivanovich Slavinsky, with friendship. B. Pasternak. Now I write better." One of 25,000 copies printed.