New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1931. First Edition. Quarto. Item #028495
Limited. This edition consists of 650 copies of which 100 are numbered (this being #82). The mounted illustrations are by George Biddle who has signed the first lithograph used as a frontispiece. In The Twelve, Blok expressed his opinions about the revolution by the enigmatic poem "The Twelve". The long poem exhibits "mood-creating sounds, polyphonic rhythms, and harsh, slangy language" EB. It describes the march of twelve Bolshevik soldiers (likened to the Twelve Apostles of Christ) through the streets of revolutionary Petrograd, with a fierce winter blizzard raging around them. "The Twelve" alienated Blok from many of his intellectual readers (who accused him of lack of artistry), while the Bolsheviks scorned his former mysticism and asceticism. Bound in 1/4 red morocco over red marbled paper covered boards, spine lettering gilt, a few small spots of off-setting from the glue used to mount the illustrations, housed within publisher's paper covered slipcase with a bit of wear to head and foot of opening.