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Books:Slavic Literature: From ZH BOOKS


Svobodnaia Piesn'. Sbornik Revoliutsionnykh Piesn' i Stikhotvorenii

By Various

New York: Max. N. Maisel, 1911. First edition; 5 x 7 1/4; pp. [3], 4-159, [1]; bound in black cloth over boards; private paper label to spine; hinges weak; spotting mostly to corners and margins of pages; piece of old tape to index page; overall in good condition. A compilation of Russian "songs of freedom" and revolutionary poems by various authors. Some of the works included are an early printings of Razrushennyi Mol' of Grigorii Gershuni (a Russian revolutionary and a founder of the Socialist-Revolutionary Party) and Maxim Gorky's "Piesnia o Bureviestnikie" (The Song of the Stormy Petrel). Undoubtedly, though, one of the most interesting poems is "Fedorushka" by Tolstoy. In truth, the poem was written by Russian poet Mikhail Rozengeim in 1880 for whose poetry the literary term "liberal accusation" was coined. Apparently, Fedorushka was erroneously attributed to Tolstoy, whom, in fact, did not like the poem and expressed great displeasure with the incorrect attribution. The mistake was most probably made by the publisher - Max N. Maisel, who was a bookseller and publisher on New York's Lower East Side in the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. His shop was said to had been frequented by many political and cultural radicals. Only e-book copies of the first edition listed in OCLC.


Tantsy na Perevernutoi Piramide. Proza Assotsiatsii [1 of 100 Copies] Signed/Inscribed by Author

By Gammer, Efim

Moscow/Jerusalem: A. Bogatykh i E. Rakitskoi, 2006. First edition; 5 1/2 x 8; pp. [4], 7-415 including text to last page; blue pictorial laminated wraps; upper right corner of back cover rubbed, else very minor wear; illustrated by the author; signed and inscribed by Gammer to Prof. Anatoly Lieberman, a prominent academician and an author himself from the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch at the University of Minnesota. A beautiful compilation of 5 original novels. Efim Gammer is an award-winning poet, writer, artist, and cartoonist - currently living in Israel. He is also a champion boxer. He moved to Jerusalem after growing up in Latvia and working as a journalist in Siberia. In the words of prominent art critic and cartoonist Meir Ronnen: Gammer's works "...of satirical and fantastic-realist bent mix satire with poesy and contain all of the details within a single mass which itself becomes a fantastic compositional shape." One holding at the National Library of Israel.


Stambul' i Solntse

By Teffi, Nadezhda Aleksandrovna [Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Lokhvitskaya]

Berlin: Mysl', 1921. Second printing of the first and only edition (first printing - 6000 copies, second printing - 4ooo copies); 3 1/2 x 5 3/4; pp. [2], 5-63 including text to last page; original printed wraps; some loss of paper to spine, else mostly clean and well-preserved; very good. Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Lokhvitskaya (pseudonym Teffi)was one of Russia's most prominent humorist writers at the beginning of the 20th century. She contributed numerous stories to 'The New Life' (the first Bolshevik journal), 'Russkoye Slovo' journal, and 'Satirikon' magazine working closely with Zinaida Gippius and Maxim Gorky. Forced to leave Russia after the October Revolution she traveled to Istanbul before settling in Paris. Her current book, "Istanbul and the Sun," (part of 'Kniga dlia Vsiekh' series) is her interpretation of exotic Istanbul of the 1920s through the eyes of a stranger.


Sviatoi Tikhon Zadonskii. Episkop' Voronezhskii i Vseia Rossii Chudotvorets

By Gippius, Anna

Paris: YMCA Press, [1927]. First edition (presumed); 5 x 7 1/2; pp. [2], 5-55, [1] including text to last page; stiff pictorial wraps; minor wrinkle to tail of spine and lower right corner; deckled page edges; in about near fine condition. Anna Gippius, younger sister of poet and co-founder of Russian Symbolism Zinaida Gippius, graduated medical school before immigrating in the post-Revolution years - first to Constantinople and later to Paris. Once among the Russian immigrant community in France, Anna devoted her time to religious and literary activities. Most of her writings on Christian Saints and the Eastern Orthodox religion, including the present biography of the Bishop of Voronezh Tikhon Zadonskii, were published abroad. She died in 1942 of malnutrition during the Nazi occupation. It has been speculated that Anna's death was one of the last devastating blows to her sister Zinaida, causing the latter to contemplate suicide for a while and ultimately to die two and a half years later.