[Cyrillic:] Requiem.Munich, T-vo Zaburezhnikh izdaniy, 1963 Stock Code: 140541
NotesFirst edition in book form, one of 500 copies, of Akhmatova's masterpiece. Requiem was an outcry, a cycle of poems written from 1935 and capturing the horrors and anguish of the Great Terror under Stalin, during which Akhmatova's husband and son were both sent to the gulag. The poems in Requiem, unpublishable in Russia, were absent from Akhmatova's collected works, and she kept the manuscript closely guarded through the decades, still redrafting into the early 1960s. This small edition, produced in West Germany, was its first printing in book form, with the publisher stipulating that the poem was "received from Russia and published without the consent of the author". The poems' only distribution prior to this had been oral, committed to memory by Akhmatova and a few close friends and secretively passed by word of mouth for fear of persecution, and in a few samizdat productions (now rare).
Small octavo. Original textured white card wrappers, titles in black to front.
Portrait of the author to p.
Some stains to rear wrapper and a small fleck to the top edge of front wrapper, nonetheless a sound and bright copy in very good condition indeed.
With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.
Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220