I like to write about bookish finds that happen to me when I visit bookshops and book markets home in the Netherlands and while traveling. But this miniature volume and I met at my wife’s parents’ home in Moscow.
It is more significant because back in Russia the 220th anniversary of the poet’s birthday is celebrated this year. They even renamed the busiest airport of Moscow in his name.
The book was printed in 1975, so it wasn’t meant to be a part of an earlier anniversary. Still, I find it nicely designed and made. The size of the book is approximately 55×40 mm.
This edition had a print run of 1000 copies, so it’s a fairly mass-produced miniature book. But this makes me cherish all the small details even more. Like the gilded squares, puffy stuffing under the covering material, or microscopic endbands.
What to add? The current value estimate is somewhere between 20 and 30 euro.
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