Nikolaï Gumilev

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(2166) Gumilev, Nikolai.  (1886-1921). 5 Notebooks.

These 5 notebooks constitute a collection of exceptional samizdats. They come from Belagorsk’s collection and were all typed and bound the same year though it would seem that they were not typed on the same machine.
We don’t know of any other collection of samizdats, ‘provincial’ or otherwise, that present such a coherent overview of Gumilev’s work.
The entirety of Gumilev’s works were prohibited from publication and circulation. (Blium 153).

Notebook #1.
“Stikhotvoreniia” (“Poems”)
Posmertnyi Sbornik (“Posthumous Collection”)
Tsentral’noie kooperativnoie izdatel’stvo “Mysl'”
Petrograd – 1922
Original typescript, 2nd copy. 30 pages (15 sheets printed and numbered recto-verso + title page). 29cm.
Sheets sewn with card spine.

Notebook #2.
“Shater. Stikhi”. (“Tent. Poetry”)
Izdatel’stvo “Bibliofil” Revel’.
Original typescript, 2nd copy. 29 pages (15 sheets printed and numbered recto-verso + title page). 28,5cm. 1966.
Sheets sewn with card spine.

Notebook #3.
“MIK” Afrikanskaia poema (“African Poem”).
S.-Peterburg Izdatel’stvo “Giporborei” .1918.
Original typescript, 2nd copy. 30 pages (15 sheets printed and numbered recto-verso + title page). 28,5cm. 1966.
Sheets sewn with card spine.

Notebook #4.
“Kolchan. Stikhi”. (“Quiver. Poems”)
“Al’tsiona” .Moskva-Petrograd. 1916
Original typescript, 1st and 2nd copy. 49 pages (25 sheets printed and numbered recto-verso + title page). 29cm. 1966.
Sheets sewn with card spine.

Notebook #5.
«Stikhi».Iz sbornikov: “Koster” /1918/, “Romanticheskiie tsvety” /1918/, “Zhemchuga” /1918/, “Shater” /1921/, “Ognennyi stolp” /1921/ i “Stikhotvoreniia” – posmertnogo sbornika /1922/.
(“Poems”. From the collections: Fire /1918/, Romantic Flowers /1918/, The Pearl /1918/, Shater /1921/, Pillars of Fire, /1921/ and Poems – a posthumous collection /1922/.”)
Original typescript , 1st copy. 30 pages (15 sheets printed and numbered recto-verso + title page + table of contents) 28,5cm. 1966.
Sheets sewn with card spine.

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(2198) Gumilev, Nikolaï. “Pesnia o Pevtse i Korole” and “Kostior” (Bonfire).

Original typescript 1st and 2nd copies from 1969 on different papers. 68 pages. Part 1 36 pages, Part 2 32 pages. 30cm x 21cm, some sheets slightly smaller-sized. Hardbound. List of contents has been written in pencil to the first two pages.

All anthologies devoted to the samizdat make reference to Gumilev’s work as being the first to be officially prohibited by Glavlit (the state organism in charge of censorship in the USSR).

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(1047) Gumilev, Nikolai. “Iz trekh sbornikov”.

Original typescript, 3rd copy. 21,6cm. 106 pages + 2 page contents. Samizdat from Novosibirsk, dated 1981. Bound in pale violet card. Indicated is “Typed after the texts of the first editions, in 3 copies. This is copy No.3.”

“Chuzhoye Nebo”
“Shater”
“K sinei zvezde”

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(4046) Gumilev Nikolai. “Izbrannoe”

Original typescript. 158 pages + 4 page preface with biliography + 4 pages table of contents. 20,7cm. Hardbound, cloth spine. Samizdat from Novosibirsk dated 1980

Typed after texts published during the poet’s lifetime, in two copies.
Copy No. 2 belonged to Ovchinnikova Elizavetta Petrovna.
Extracts of the Selected Works:
“Put’ Konkvistadorov”, Spb 1905
“Romanticheskiye Tsvety”, Paris, author’s edition, 1908
“Zhemchuga”, Moscow: “Skorpion”, 1910
“Kolchan”, Petrograd:. “Giperborei”, 1916
“Koster”, Petrograd: “Giperborei”, 1918
“Farforovyi Pavil’on”, Petrograd: “Giperborei”
“Ognennyi Stolp”, Petrograd: “Petropolis” 1921
From “Stikhotvoreniya, Posmertnyi sbornik” (Posthumous collection),
“Vtoroye dopolnennoye izdanie” (2nd edition complete) Petrograd: Tsentral’noye kooperativnoye izdatelstvo Mysl’, 1923.
From the collection Théophile Gauthier “Emali i Kamei”,
perevod N.Gumileva (translation), Spb 1915.
It is extremely rare, for reasons that can be easily imagined, to come across a samizdat in which was contemporaneously inscribed the name of the owner or of the intended recipient. Such a blatant inclusion carried a strong symbolic value of defiance; the reader, although unknown to the public, wanted to signify his part in openly questioning the system or (adrenaline was the most accessible drug!).

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