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Viza vremeni (The Visa of the Time)

By Erenburg, Ilia

Berlin: Petropolis, 1929. Softcover. First edition, n. d. (1929); 7 1/2 x 5 3/4; pp. [3], 6-370, [6]; beige wraps, printed in blue, ruled in black; partially unopened; small cuts to tail of spine and lower, front corner; a few small spots of foxing, mostly to first several leaves and spine; "Flegon Press" stamp to back wrap; very good condition.Ilia Erenburg (1891-1967) was a writer, journalist, and translator, who left Russia after the Revolution and lived and worked in various European cities well into the 1940s. He was a prominent figure among the Russian dissident intellectuals, including Pasternak, Esenin, and Maiakovskii. While traveling through Europe, Erenburg wrote a series of essays and sketches, which he published in his current book. Under various titles - "In Poland," "Berlin," "Letters from a Cafe," etc. - a first person narrator described the culture, the society, the moods and the expressions of the places and the people, with a detectable undertone of a feeling of dislocation and transition.


O smysle zhizni (The Meaning of Life)

By Ivanov - Razumnik

Berlin: Izdatelstvo Skify, 1920. Softcover. First emigre edition; 7 3/4 x 5 1/2; pp. [3], 6-28; brown wraps printed and illustrated in black; small nicks to corners and tips of spine; bookshop label to front wrap verso; a few spots - mostly to first and last few leaves; several passages underlined; overall in very good condition.Razumnik Vasil'evich Ivanov [Ivanov-Razumnik] (1878-1946) was a Russian author, philosopher, and literary critic. He was a member of the so called Scythian Movement. The publisher, Skify, founded by philosopher and author Evgenii Lundberg (1883-1965) in 1920, would play a pivotal role in preserving and promoting Russian emigre works in the early 20th century.


Somnium Breve. Stikhi (A Dream Writ. Poems)

By Makovskii, Sergei

Parizh (Paris): La Presse Francaise et Etrangere, 1948. Softcover. Limited edition of 50 numbered copies (this one unnumbered); 5 3/4 x 4 1/2; pp. [6], 9-126; beige, card stock wraps, printed and illustrated in brown; a few small nicks to tips of spine and edges of back wrap; light creasing to corners; cover art and design by Aleksandr Serebriakov; very good or better condition. Sergei Konstantinovich Makovskii (1877 - 1962) was a poet, art critic, and the son of renowned artist Konstantin Makovskii. From 1909 until 1913, he was the editor of the influential journal Apollon and worked with some of the brightest Modernists of the times. Makovskii went into exile in Paris after the Revolution and continued writing, publishing, and being heavily involved with the Russian emigre literary elite abroad until his death. The graphic artist, who designed the covert art of the book, Alexander Borisovich Serebriakov (1907–1995), was one of the famous Benois family of artists and musicians. His mother was one of the first female Russian painters of distinction, Zinaida Evgenevna Serebriakova, and his cousin was one of the founding members of Mir isskustva, Aleksandr Benois. He moved to Paris with his mother in 1925, where he worked with Nikolai and Aleksandr Benois on theater designs for Ida Rubinstein and Boris Kokhno. He also illustrated numerous books in French, English, and Russian, painted portraits, designed architectural landmarks, and co-founded the Society for the Preservation of the Russian Cultural Property Abroad.


O samoubiistve. Psikhologicheskii etiud (On Suicide. A Psychological Sketch)

By Berdiaev, Nikolai

Paris: YMCA Press, 1931. Softcover. First edition; 7 1/2 x 4 3/4; pp. [2], 5-45, [1]; light turquoise wraps, ruled and printed in dark blue; light fading and two small spots to margins of wraps; small nicks to tips of spine; very good condition. Nikolai Berdiaev (1874 - 1948), the great philosopher, author, and Christian Existentialist, wrote his current work on suicides among the Russian emigre community and the practical and religious reasons behind them, while he himself was exiled in France. Born in an aristocratic military family and studying to, eventually, become a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Moscow, he would be arrested, jailed, and very close to being sent to Siberia for life several times - for criticizing the Holy Synod in 1913, for a conspiracy against the government and for revolutionary activities in 1920, etc. - until he was expelled from Russia in 1922 and sent into exile, together with 160 other intellectuals, on the so called "Philosophers' Ship." He spent time in Berlin, before finally settling in Paris in 1923, where he continued writing and lecturing until his death.


Professionalnyi i kooperativnyi biulleten, No. 1 (Professional and Co-op Bulletin)

By Anonymous

S. l. (Paris): s. n., 1910. Softcover. First edition, issue No. 1; 11 ¼†x 8 ¾†; pp. [4]; fragile newsprint; mild age-toning to margins; folded, with a horizontal crease line; several small cuts to fold and edges; very good condition. The very first issue of a short-lived Russian journal (presumably, only 2 issues were ever printed), it was published by an unidentified émigré group in France and contained news and articles on labor events from around the world, including the 21st International Miners Congress in Brussels, the Trade Unions Conference in Sheffield, the New York City Cloakmakers’ Strike, which would result in the signing of the “Protocol of Peace,†and others.


Moia zhizn’ vo Khriste ili minuty dukhovnago trezveniia i sozertsaniia, blagogoveinago chuvstva, dushevnago ispravleniia i pokoia v Boge. Izvlechenie iz dnevnika [vypusk pervyi]

By Protoierei Ioann Sergiev (Kronshtadtskii)

Shankhai: Tipografiia “Nikita†Do Shin Press, 1948. Softcover. First edition thus; 7 x 5; pp. 160; olive wraps with an intricate border and title in black; age-toning along margins and a few spots to back wrap; small nicks to fore-edge of last several pages; illustrated with portrait frontis and a vignette at the beginning of first chapter; overall in very good condition. A beautiful publication of Father Ioann of Kronstadt’s (1829 - 1909) My Life in Christ, being his spiritual diary and considered his most important work, published for the benefit of the White Emigres in China. Though “First Volume" is indicated in the book, there does not appear to be a record of consecutive volumes of this edition. He was a member of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church and one of the most beloved Christian leaders of his time.


Skazki Andersena

By [Andersen, Kh. K.]

Kharbin: M. V. Zaitseva, 1930. Softcover. First edition thus, n. d. (ca 1930); 9 1/4 x 7 1/4; pp. 72; chromolithographed wraps; lacking back wrap; text block split in two; a few old pieces of tape to hinges; occasional smudges to margins; illustrated with full-page chromolithograph plates; overall fair to good condition. An adorable edition of Andersen’s tales, published for the children of the White Emigres in China, the book contains 4 of the author’s beloved stories.


Churaevy (Churaeva) Vol. 2-6

By Grebenshchikov, Georgii

New York/Paris/Riga/Harbin: Alatas, 1925. Softcover. Unnumbered copy of a limited first edition of 1000 published; 9 x 7 1/4; vol. II pp. 206, vol. III pp. 190, vol. IV pp. 126, vol. V pp. 208, vol. VI pp. 196; illustrated wraps; two of the volumes with closed cuts and some loss of paper to tips of spine; most pages unopened; deckled edges; good to very good condition. Georgii Dmitrievich Grebenshchikov (1882 - 1964) was a Russian author, born in the Altai region of Siberia. In 1910 and 1911 he was a member of several ethnographic expeditions to the Uba and Bukhtarna valleys of the Altai and documented the customs and everyday life of the Starovery (Old Believers) community - a sect of recluse, Orthodox sectarians. He fled Russia with his wife in 1920, first to Paris, and later, in 1924, to the US. In 1925 he would cofound with Leo Tolstoy's son Ilia Tolstoy the Churaevka community for Russian emigre writers in Southbury, Connecticut. From 1941 to 1952, he was a professor of Russian literature and history at Florida Southern College. Grebenshchikov began writing his masterpiece, the epic novel Churaevy, in 1916 during his Siberia years, but it was not published until ca 1925 under the Alatas imprint (a publishing house he headed). Seven volumes were released during the author's lifetime, and unfinished manuscripts and notes for volumes 8 and 9 were left after his death. It has been said that Grebenshchikov gave Vasil Churaev, the main character, many of his own traits and characteristics.


Detskoe Chtenie. Knizhechka No. 1/Knizhechka No. 2 (Children's Reading. Books No. 1 and 2)

By Various

Kharbin: Tipografiia Kazansko-Bogoroditskago Muzhekogo Monastyria, 1929. Softcover. First editions, issues 1 and 2 for January and February, 1929; 7 3/4 x 5 1/2; illustrated wraps; issue 1 with thin cuts at tips of spine, spotting to margins of pages, illustrated, very good condition; issue 2 lacking back wrap, front wrap detached with some loss of paper, lower corner trimmed, previous owner's signature to front wrap, illustrated, in about good condition. Quite uncommon and fragile examples of the very first two issues of a children's magazine, published as a supplements to the "Khleb Nebesnyi" (Bread of Heaven) journal for the White emigre community in Harbin, China. Spiritual, cultural, and moral, the publications were printed at the Mother of God of Kazan Monastery in Harbin, which had its own publishing house. They came out monthly from 1929 until 1935, when the Manchukuo Manchuria (formed by the Japanese military administration in the occupied territories) banned their publication. For the next year, the journals came out at interminable intervals under various one-time names. They ceased to exist in 1944. OCLC lists one incomplete run at UC Berkeley Libraries with none others in the trade.


La Russie Illustree / Illiustrirovannaia Rossiia. No. 31 (Illustrated Russia. No. 31)

By [Edited by] Mironov, M. P.

Paris: s. n., 1925. Softcover. First edition; 31 1/2 x 24 cm; pp. 24; illustrated off-white wraps; several small nicks and cuts to fore-edge and lower back corner; a few spots, mostly to margins; illustrated with photographs, drawings, and cartoons; very good. An iconic Russian art and literature emigre journal, Illustrated Russia was published in Paris from 1924 to 1939 for a total of 748 issues. In 1924-1925 it was issued bi-weekly and for the rest of its existence - once a week. The impressive list of contributors and editors represented every revered Russian intellectual living in exile including poets and authors Ivan Bunin, Zinaida Gippius, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii (Merezhkovsky), Konstantin Balmont, and many others, as well as artists Ivan Bilibin, Aleksandr Benua (Alexandre Benois), and Konstantin Korovin. A monumental record of life of the Russian immigrants, the journal published major works of emigre writers, as well as writings from within Russia, historical studies and memoirs, art exhibitions and paintings, and even a children's corner. The current issue, among other things, focused on the crowing of the "Queen of the Russian Colony in Paris" and on a wonderful set of cartoons titled: "What Do You Think about Russia? (Our Conversations with Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in Paris)" by prolific emigre artist and caricaturist Mikhail A. Drizo (1887-1953), who signed his works with the pseudonym MAD. Quite uncommon, with mostly incomplete runs in institutions, and none presently in the trade (as of July, 2015).


Mysli Vrasplokh [Thought Unaware]

By Terts, Abram [pseud. for Andrei Siniavskii]

New York, NY: Rausen Publishers & Distributors, 1966. Softcover. First edition; 4 1/4 x 6; pp. 158; beige wraps printed in black; small nick to head of spine; crease line to upper corner of front wrap and first several pages; portrait frontis; overall very good. Andrei Sinyavsky (1925 – 1997), often writing under the pseudonym Abram Terz, was a Russian emigre writer, political prisoner, and Professor at the Sorbonne. Angering the government with his descriptions of the reality of life in Soviet Russia, Terts was arrested in 1965, tried in the infamous Sinyavsky-Daniel show trial (the first Soviet show trial to have writers openly convicted solely for their literary work), and sentenced to seven years on charges of "anti-Soviet activity." Released in 1971, he immigrated to Paris where he continued writing until his death. "Thought Unaware" is a collection of thoughts and aphorisms.


Konsolidatsiia i T. Zv. Neperedrishenstvo

By Pihido, Fedir

New Ulm, Germany: Ukrains'kikh Vistei, 1958. Softcover. First edition; 6 x 8; pp. 20; beige wraps printed in black; minor age-toning and spotting to margins of wraps; faint vertical crease line; very good or better. Fedir Pihido - Pravoberezhnii was a Ukrainian historian and cultural activist. He was also a high-ranking official of the UNR (Ukrainian National Republic) - the predecessor of modern Ukraine. Pihido emigrated to Germany at the end of the Second World War. He would head the publishing house "Ukrains'kikh Vistei" in 1950-1951 and would also become one of the leaders of the Ukrainian Revolutionary Democratic Party. Initially formed in the DP camps of Germany in 1945, the party would survive for only 20 years.


Kul'tura, Natsional'nist ta Asimiliatsiia

By Poniatenko, P.

Winnipeg: Spilka, 1917. Softcover. First edition; 5 x 8; pp. 50; brown wraps printed in black; chips to corners; vertical cut along spine repaired; small stamp of previous owner; good or better. Written by an Ukrainian emigre author, the book elaborates on the subject of culture, national identity, and assimilation.


Gore ot Uma [Woe from Wit]

By Griboedov, A. S.

Shankhai: A. P. Kriukov, V. K. Martensen i Ko., 1921. Softcover. First edition thus; 6 x 8 1/2; pp. 86; illustrated wraps; spine reinforced with a brown linen strip; minor spotting to wraps; a few nicks and cuts to lower corner of back wrap; several passages underlined; small signature to title page; overall good to very good condition. A charming edition of Aleksandr Griboedov's (1795-1829) "Woe from Wit," published for the benefit of the White Emigres in China. He was a Russian poet, playwright, diplomat and composer. Considered by some "homo unius libri" (a writer of one book), he would pen numerous plays and poems but would gain fame only with the present satire of the Russian aristocratic society. He would meet an untimely death, massacred by an angry mob, while serving as Russia's ambassador to Persia.


Three Publications of the Lemko Association

By Various

Cleveland/Yonkers: Tipografiia Lemko-Soiuza, 1934. Softcover. Lemkos - small ethnic sub-group from the Carpathian Mountains identifying themselves as either Carpatho-Rusyns or Ukrainians - immigrated in large groups to the United States in the years between the two World Wars with many of them settling in Ohio. In Cleveland, in 1929, Lemko-Soiuz (the Lemko Association) was established by immigrants dissatisfied with the other existing Ukrainian and Rusyn organizations. Other Pro-Ukrainian Lemkos founded their own Organization for the Defense of the Lemko Region in 1934. Besides preserving their cultural identity, publishing books, and helping compatriots in need, the organizations also sent moral and financial support to their homeland. Serednitskii, Pavel "Zhenyi Mudriishy. Stsenichnyi Obrazok v I Akti zo Zhytia Lemkovskoi Emigratsii" Cleveland, OH: Tipografiia Lemko-Soiuza, 1935. First edition; 5 1/2 x 7 3/4; pp. 16; illustrated beige wraps; small nicks to tips of spine; uniform age-toning; very good or better. A play based on the life of Lemko immigrants in the US. Rodnyi Lemko (pseud.) "Mysli o Kooperatsii" Cleveland, OH: Tipografiia Lemko-Soiuza, 1934. First edition; 5 1/2 x 7 3/4; pp. 32; illustrated green wraps; a few small chips and cuts to edges; uniform age-toning; very good-. On cooperative and economic structure. Kichura, Stefan "Porozumila. Shtuka v 2-kh Aktakh, iz zhitia molodykh Lemkov v Ameriki" Yonkers, NY: Tipografiia Lemko-Soiuza, 1939. First edition; 5 1/2 x 7 3/4; pp. 16; illustrated beige wraps; a few nicks and cuts to edges; uniform age-toning; very good. Life of young Lemkos in the United States. Unrecorded with no other copies in the trade.


Siroti. Drama v Dvokh Diiakh z Zhittia Ukraintsiv na Amerikans'kii Zemli

By Ribakova, Anastaziia

Jersey City, NJ: Svobodi, 1930. Softcover. Presumed first edition, n. d. (ca 1930); 4 3/4 x 6 3/4; pp. 32; green wraps printed in black; a few small spots to margins of wraps, else minor wear; small "Ukr Res Duplicate" stamp to title page; very good or better. Anastaziia Ribakova was a Ukrainian emigre author and member of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America and the Ukrainian National Association. She wrote her "Orphans" - a story of lives of Ukrainian immigrants in the US - in a script form as, according to the preface, people were ultimately more profoundly affected by a play than by mere reading a text in a book. Not in OCLC or in the trade.


Ul'mskaia Noch'. Filosofiia Sluchaia

By Aldanov, M. A.

New York: Izdatel'stvo Imeni Chekhova, 1953. Softcover. First edition; 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; pp. 350; blue wraps; a bit of rubbing along spine; small spot to bottom edge of pages; text clean; very good condition.Mark Aldanov (Landau) [1886-1957] - a Russian author, critic, and a six-time Nobel Prize for Literature nominee - was born in Kiev to an affluent Jewish family. After the Revolution, he emigrated to Paris where he became heavily involved with the emigre community there. Though he spoke French fluently and wrote his "Lenin" in French, he preferred to write most of his works in his native Russian. The subject of many of his works was political cataclysm and he published several cycles of novels on Napoleon and the Russian Revolution. Aldanov came to the US in 1941 where he founded one of the most influential emigre journals of its time in New York - Novyi Zhurnal. His current treatise "Night in Ulm. The Philosophy of Chance" was one of his last works. His books were not published in Russia where they were banned until 1989. The only copy in the trade.


Rossiia i Vselenskaia Tserkov. 5-6 (42-43), 1959 [Russia and the Universal Church. 5-6 (42-43), 1959]

By Various

Bruxelles: Editions <La Vie Avec Dieu>, 1959. Softcover. First edition; 5 1/2 x 8 1/4; pp. 54, including text to back wrap; illustrated wraps; faint creasing to upper corner and very faint age-toning to margins; illustrated with photographs; very good to near fine condition. An issue of a Russian religious emigre journal published from 1953 until 1970. The publication leaned heavily on the relations between the Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Church, including the present issue which contained an article on the meeting between, then, newly appointed Pope John XXIII with the Russian exile Bishop Pavel Melet'ev.


Vospominaniia [Recollections]

By Elenevskaia, Irina

Stockholm: Published by the Author, 1968. Softcover. First edition, 1 of 500 copies (according to Andre Savine); 5 3/4 x 8 1/4; pp. 214; beige wraps ruled in red and blue; light age-toning to margins of wraps; two small red pen scribbles to front wrap; faint crease to lower corner; text clean; very good or better. Irina Elenevskaia was born at the end of the 19th century in a prominent family - grandfather was prominent orientalist V. D. Smirnov and her father was a high-ranking official of the Imperial Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her family fled to Finland after the Revolution. The main purpose of her book was, in her own words, to describe the life and stories of Russian immigrants in the Scandinavian countries and specifically those in Finland and Sweden as many works had been written by and about Russian exiles in Germany, France, and the US and hardly any had appeared about her compatriots in her new home country. Utilizing her own memories and recollections, as well as notes and materials from fellow immigrants, Elenevskaia created a beautiful and compelling story of pre-Revolution life in St Petersburg, life in Finland, and life in Sweden.


Opyty. Literaturny Zhurnal. Vol. VIII [Experiments. Literary Journal. Vol. VIII]

By [Edited by] Ivaska, Iu. P.

New York: Experiments, 1957. Softcover. First edition; 6 x 10; pp. 144; beige and red wraps designed by A. N. Pregel; thin band of discoloration to top margin of front wrap; 1" damage to head of spine from creature nibbles, elsewhere minor damage; internally clean; most pages unopened; good to very good condition. Volume 8 (of a total of 9 issues) of this important emigre journal which contained works by many notable figures including first printings of various works of Vladimir Nabokov, whose original essay "Zametki Perevodchika II" (Notes of a Translator II) can be found in the current volume. The first installment of it was published earlier in the same year in another journal - "Novy Zhurnal." Iurii Pavlovich Ivask (1907-1986), having moved with his family from Moscow to Estonia after the Revolution, began his literary career as a member of the "Guild of Poets" in Tallinn. He was displaced to Germany during World War II and eventually, in 1949, made his way to the US where he would teach Russian literature at Harvard, UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt Univercity, Amherst, and others. He was also a prolific poet and essayist. Apart from Nabokov's essay, the present issue included works by Marina Tsvetaeva, Petr Ershov, and Georgi Ivanov. Interestingly enough, it also featured a chapter from a, then, unpublished novel by Aleksei Remizov - the Russian modernist author who, once respected, would be abhorred by his fellow emigre writers for his interest in returning to the Soviet Union after World War II and about whom Nabokov was known to say that the only good thing about Remizov was that he really did live in the world of literature.


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