On May 8, 2012, at 8:17 PM, Jansy wrote, quoting ADA:  That sort of game will never be played again with you, darling firebird. We apollo [apologize]

Dear Jansy,

Ah-ha!  "... firebird. We apollo" could very well be a reference to the two very similar journals - Apollon, the leading pre-revolutionary Russian artistic & literary journal published in Petersburg 1908-1917, and Zhar ptitsa, the important  review of post-revolutionary Russian art and literature published in Berlin ca 1921-1926.  

The contributers to these journals - poets, authors and artists - were of the highest calibre (for example Gumilev, Goncharova, Mandel'shtam, Akhmatova, Benois, Bilibin, Bakst, Vrubel', Briusov, Khodasevich - etsy, etsy, etsy) and some were published in both. VN as Sirin contributed to Zhar ptitsa, but not so far as I can tell to Apollon. But then he would have still been a school boy when it ceased publication and he and his family, along with so many of its contributers, were thrust into exile ...

C Kunin

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