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Pechat i Revoliutsiia. Zhurnal Literatury, Iskusstva, Kritiki i Bibliografii. Kniga Chetvertaia, Mai - Iiun' [The Press and the Revolution. Journal of Literature, Art, Criticism, and Bibliography. Volume Four, May - June]

By [Edited by] Lunacharskago, Anatolii; et al

Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel'stvo Detskoi Literatury, 1928. Softcover. First edition; 7 x 10 1/2; pp. 240; rebound in brown wraps; handwritten title and note to front wrap; age-toning to pages; chip to corner of title page; edges a bit worn and creased; spotting and moisture discoloration to margins of last pages; illustrated with photographs and drawings; good condition. "The Press and the Revolution" was a Soviet literary criticism magazine published between 1921 and 1930. The Editor in Chief, from 1921 to 1929, was Russian critic, journalist, and historian Viacheslav Polonskii and the Editorial Board included Anatolii Lunacharskii, N. Meshcheriakov, I. Stepanov-Skvortsov, and M. Pokrovskii. The journal’s wide variety of topics included history of literature and publishing, literary criticism, and essays on writing literature. It also frequently published book reviews. For those first nine years of existence, the magazine was widely read and respected and immensely popular. In late 1929 the editorship was reorganized, Polonskii was removed from his post, and the members of the Editorial Board were replaced with Valerian Pereverzev, I. Matsa, etc. Very soon the journal was said to had turned into a propaganda tool for Pereverzev's 'Litfront' - a left-wing splinter group of RAPP (Russian Association of Proletarian Writers). Losing its wide audience, it ceased to exist in 1930. The present issue included articles on Maxim Gorky and Alexander Block as well as book reviews of various literary and historical works.


Russkaia Starina. Ezhemesiachnoe Istoricheskoe Izdanie. Vol. XI, Issues 9-12, 1874 [Russian Antiquity. Monthly Historical Publication. Vol. XI, Issues 9-12]

By [Edited by] Semevskii, Mikhail

St. Petersburg: Tipografiia M. S. Balasheva, 1874. Hardcover. First edition; 6 1/2 x 9 1/2; pp. [5], 2-817, [2], 3-79, [1], ii-viii, [6]; morocco-backed cloth over boards; gilt title, four raised bands; rubbing to leather with small loss and a closed cut to head of spine; a bit of age-toning along margins of pages; illustrated with steel engravings, facsimile documents and letters, etc.; very good-. Four issues of the historical journal, published monthly from 1870 to 1918, and founded by Russian historian and journalist Mikhail Semevskii who was its first editor from its inception until 1892. The main aspiration of the journal was following Russian history beginning with the reign of Peter the First (1672 - 1725), but it also published research and documents from earlier periods. The various issues contained historical materials, autobiographies, memoirs, and letters of cultural, political, and public figures as well as original works by new and established authors and poets. It was one of the very first Russian periodicals to regularly print documents on the history of the revolutionary movements in Russia and especially extensive studies on the Decembrist movement.


Vremia i My [July-August 1982] No. 67

By [Edited By] Perel'man, Viktor; et al

New York/Jerusalem/Paris: Vremia i My, 1982. Softcover. First edition; 5 x 8; pp. [3], 6-256; white wraps illustrated with portraits; minor age-toning to wraps; discoloration to bottom margin of back cover (not affecting pages); internally clean; illustrated with photographs of the authors; very good or better. The emigre journal "Time and I" was first published in 1974 as a collaborative effort of Russian ex-patriots in Israel, Europe, and the US. Issued at somewhat irregular intervals, it contained monographs and articles, as original poetry and prose. The current issue features material on Stalin's crimes, an interesting article on the Russian perception of US Americans' being universally dumb as well as another editorial titled: "New York Times - a Fools' Ship in a Sea of Stupidity."


Krokodil [Various Issues]

By [edited by] Shvetsov, S.; Sobolev, L; et al

Moscow: Gazety "Pravda", 1957-58. First editions (7 issues); 10 x 13; pp. 14 including text to first and last pages; original staple-bound pictorial wraps; in good condition with wear and partial splitting along spine; spotting and small chips along edges; two of the issues with thin strips of tape to spine; internally mostly very clean; profusely illustrated. A delightful archive of arguably the most popular Soviet journal of caricature and satire. The present issues lean heavily on ridiculing capitalist countries in general and the US in particular. Furthermore, most of the cover art and the illustrations are those of Mikhail Cheremnykh - People's Artist of USSR and master of satirical allegory and The Kukryniksy - the collective name for the three caricaturists Mikhail Kupriianov, Porfirii Krylov, and Nikolai Sokolov.


Shmel No. 6, 1958

By [edited by] Musrepov, G.; et al

Alma-Ata: Respublikanskoe Gazetno-zhurnalʹnoe Izd-vo pri T︠S︡K KP Kazakhstana, 1958. First edition; 10 x 13; pp. 11; original pictorial wraps; closed cut to tail of spine; a few spots chiefly to margins; profusely illustrated; overall very good. A beautiful example of Kazakhstan's counterpart to the satirical journal Krokodil - the Bumblebee is nevertheless quite more uncommon.


Dobur Pchelar. Mesechno Pchelarsko Spisanie (Guter Imker) Vol. III No. 1

By Zemenski, Iordan

Gara Zemen: Dobur Pchelar, 1934. Soft cover. First edition; 6†x 9 ½†; pp. [2], 2-16, [2] including text to covers; staple-bound; original printed yellow wraps; a few small nicks to bottom edge; unevenly-cut fore-edge; illustrated with tables, diagrams, and photographs; very good or better.