UKRAINKA, Lesia. Tvori Tom V. Drami. Zagalnoiu redaktsiu B. Iakubskogo. [Kyiv, "Kiiv-Druk"] for Knigospilka, [c. 1925].
8vo. Contempory black pebble-grained cloth, spine ruled and lettered in gilt; pp. 176, , xliv, , portrait-frontispiece in photogravure; a good copy.
Lesia Ukrainka (1871-1913) was an extraordinary Ukrainian woman. She spoke all major European languages, was well-versed in the Classics and wrote pro-Ukrainian peotry and poetic dramas. She ' reached her literary heights in her poetic dramas. Ukrainka's first drama was Blakytna troianda (The Azure Rose, 1896), which describes the life of the Ukrainian intelligentsia. In further dramatic works she developed a new genre, that of the ‘dramatic poem.’ The first such work was Oderzhyma (A Woman Possessed, 1901). Particularly important among her works are the dramatic poems on the subject of prisoners in Babylon, which were meant to serve as symbols of the imprisonment of Ukrainians within the Russian Empire' (Encyclopedia of Ukraine, online). The present volume is one of a seven-volume critical edition, which had a ridiculously small printrun of only 5000 copies. All volumes are of utmost rarity, which is as well due to the devastations of the country in the middle of the 20th century.