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The Political Lot of the Dobrudja after the Berliner Congress

By Markoff, Milan

Lausanne: Librarie Centrale Des Nationalites rue Caroline, 1918. Softcover. First edition; 5 1/4 x 8; pp. 29; brown wraps printed in black; a few minor spots to margins of wraps; small indentation to back wrap and last several pages; very good. Dobrudja is a historic region between the lower Danube River and the Black Sea, presently shared between Romania and Bulgaria. Originally settled by Thracian tribes in the 6th century and was part of the Bulgarian Kingdom until the Ottoman Empire occupied it in the 1520s. After the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, the Congress of Berlin awarded South Dobruja to Bulgaria and North Dobruja to Rumania. The Treaty of Bucharest of 1913 ceded South Dobruja to Rumania, a provision which remained in effect until 1940, when the Bulgarian-Rumanian Treaty of Craiova returned possession of South Dobruja to Bulgaria.


Dolu Maskite (Rech, Durzhana na 22 Iuni 1919 Godina na Publichnoto Subranie v Teatr "Korona") [Masks Off. Speech Delivered on June 22, 1919 at the Public Meeting a the "Crown" Theater)

By Kolarov, Vasil

Sofia: S. n, 1919. Softcover. First edition; 4 1/2 x 6; pp. 108; green wraps ruled and printed in black; thin closed cut to tail of spine and a faint age-toning along margins of wraps; small cut to lower corner of front wrap; deckled page edges; very good. Vasil Kolarov (1877 - 1950) was a Bulgarian Communist leader and a major figure in the Comintern. The speech, considered one of his best, was held at an anti-military rally of the Bulgarian Communist Party in June of 1919. For its time, it was brave, controversial, and decidedly anti-Bolshevik. Kolarov spoke of Russia's own hidden agenda, of its alleged anti-Bulgarian activities, and of Bulgaria's own Tsar Ferdinand's shady pro-Russian politics. No other editions of the present fragile tome were published until 1954, when a 3-volume posthumous collection of Kolarov's works was printed, including the speech, but severely censored. Later printings, up to this day, have also contained only the cut version of it. Not in OCLC.


Dokumenti po Kresnenskoto Vustanie ot 1878 God. [Documents on the Kresna Uprising of 1878]

By Katsarov, G. and Kepov, I.

Sofia: Durzhavna Pechatnitsa, 1940. Softcover. First edition; 7 1/2 x 10 3/4; pp. 112; yellow wraps printed in black; discolored spot to lower margin of front wrap; small nicks to tips of spine and corners; pages mostly very clean; very good or better. A stand-alone tome (Vol. XXXVI) of the series "Sbornik na Bulgarskata Akademiia na Naukite i Izkustvata," the book contains letters and documents directly related with or pertaining to the Kresna Uprising in late 1878 - early 1879 in Bulgaria. It broke out following the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 and the overthrowing of the 500-year Ottoman domination over Bulgaria and after the Congress of Berlin was held in an attempt of reorganizing the countries of the Balkans. One of the consequent decisions was the return of Bulgarian-populated parts of Macedonia to the Ottoman Empire instead of ceding them to the newly reestablished Bulgaria. It was moderately successful until May 1879 when an attempt at organizing an uprising in the interior of Macedonia failed.


Politicheski Partii ili Suslovni Organizatsii? [Political Parties or Professional Organizations?]

By Stamboliiski, Aleksandur

Sofia: Fondatsiia "Zemedelsko Suiuzno Izdatelstvo Al. Stamboliiski", 1945. Hardcover. Third edition; 6 x 8; pp. [1], 4-321, [3]; rebound in green cloth over boards with original wraps bound-in; small bump to upper corner of front board; a few small spots to back board; faint remnants of a penciled-in number to front wrap; very good to near fine. Aleksandur Stamboliiski originally published his "Political Parties or Professional Organizations?" in two parts in one tome in 1909. In 1921, he managed to revise and republish only the second part. This third edition of the book was said (by the editors) to had been the most accurate and complete - combining the first part from the first edition and the second part from the second edition. Stamboliiski was the Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 1919 until 1923. He was also a member of the Bulgarian Agrarian National Union - a peasant movement which had begun in 1899 - and was very popular with the Bulgarian peasants and the working class but was despised by the middle class and the military. He was ousted in a military coup in June of 1923, arrested, tortured, and executed.


Naroden Etnografski Muzei v Plovdiv. Putevoditel [National Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv. A Guide]

By Koleva. El.; et al

Sofia: Nauka i Izkustvo, 1972. Softcover. First edition; oblong 8 x 8 3/4; pp. [80]; glossy pictorial wraps; spotting to first and last several pages only, else clean; previous owner's name to front wrap verso; minor wear to tips of spine; illustrated with plates; very good. In Bulgarian with summaries in English, Russian, German, and French. An informative guide to one of Plovdiv's historic monuments - built as a residence in 1847 during the second period of Bulgarian National Revival, now an ethnographic museum.


Rilski Manastir [Rila Monastery]

By [Compiled by] Anchev, A.; et al

Sofia: Nauka i Izkustvo, 1968. Softcover. First edition; oblong 5 3/4 x 6 1/2; pp. [22], [53] plates, [5]; glossy pictorial wraps; thin rubbed bands along spine, else minor wear; illustrated with plates; very good. Title, text, and table of illustrations in Bulgarian, Russian, German, French and English. A beautiful pictorial tribute to Bulgaria's biggest and most famous monastery. Rila Monastery (also known as The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila) was founded during the rule of Tsar Peter I (927-968) and has remained throughout the centuries a cultural, historical and architectural masterpiece of the country.


Kratka Istoriia na Bulgariia [Short History of Bulgaria]

By Kosev, D.; et al

Sofia: Nauka i Izkustvo, 1962. Hardcover. First edition; 7 x 9 3/4; pp. 320; red cloth over boards; title in silver; a bit of rubbing to tips and along spine; front hinge slightly weakened; a few pages with underlined text; illustrated with numerous maps and photographs; overall very good-. Intended for Bulgarians living abroad, the book presents, in a concise yet thorough way, the history of Bulgaria from the earliest days to the present. Chapters include the events surrounding the establishing of the country, the wars, the creation of the Cyrillic alphabet, as well as - typical for the period of the book's publishing - the growth and glory of Socialism and of the Bulgarian Communist Party.