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Shakhmatnye turniry po perepiske S. S. Mirotvorskago. Samara, 1907 - 1911 (S. S. Mirotvorskii's Correspondence Chess Tournaments. Samara, 1907 - 1911)

By Mirotvorskii, Sergei

S. l. (Samara [?]): By the author, 1911. First Edition. Very good. Oblong photo album; 10 x 13 1/4; pp. [16] of heavy card stock; textured cloth (imitating alligator skin) over boards, printed and illustrated in black; 16 original photographs, 10 x 7, each one a collage of smaller photos of players and their cities; small rubbed spots to tips of spine and corners; photographs with slight fading to margins; overall in very good condition. A fascinating look into the world of chess in Imperial Russia, the album was put together by Sergei Stepanovich Mirotvorskii (1881 - 1920) - himself a player, but here a promoter and organizer of the events. Each page of the album detailed several tournaments, in order, the participants, and the cities, and over 100 chess players were pictured. For example, the 30th tournament was held in St. Petersburg in September of 1911. The last photo in the album detailed the results. One of the most famous players shown was Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin (1850 - 1908), the founder of the Russian School of Thought in chess, a staunch supporter of correspondence chess himself, and the last great player of the Romantic chess style. He died in 1908, soon after the events began. Altogether, 240 players participated by mail and 68 in person and they played a total of 1390 games.


Popping the Question [A Vinegar Valentine]

By Anonymous

New York: N. Y. Union Valentine Co., 1860. First Edition. Very good. A small broadside, n. d. (ca 1860); 9 1/2 x 6 1/2; hand-colored, wood-engraved illustration with a four-line poem below; small part of the image colored at a later date; faint, old crease lines; a few closed nicks and cuts to edges; a small smudge to right margin; overall in very good- condition. Comic valentines, later to become known as vinegar valentines, began to flourish in the US and Britain in the 1840s. Unlike the pretty, sentimental, conventional ones, the former were cheap, teasing, or even downright mean and insulting, and they usually made fun of traits, physical characteristics, or professions. Although produced in tremendous quantities, given their popularity, not many of the early ones have survived, as people naturally got rid of the nasty notes. The current one depicted a kneeling woman, possibly a maid, judging by her attire, with a long-handled pan over a fire, and a man trying to kiss her, while she is demurely twisting her head. The poem read: "Yes, pop some corn for me, my sweet, / 'Tis good for the digestion : / And while you pop the corn, my dear, / Why, I'll just pop-the question."


Kashtanka. Rasskaz (Kashtanka. A Story)

By Chekhov, Anton

S.-Peterburg (St. Petersburg): Izdanie A. S. Suvorina, 1897. Fifth edition. Very good. Fifth edition; 7 x 4; pp. [4], 1-65, [3]; 3/4 red cloth and marbled boards; spine slightly faded with a bit of rubbing to tips; small gift inscription to upper margin of title page; faint remnants of a label (?) along hinge of half-title page; illustrated with in-line drawings; very good condition. An early, 19th-century edition of Chekhov's beloved tale of the adventures of a little dog, it was originally published in 1887 in the "Novoe vremia" newspaper under the title "In Learned Society" and in book form under its current name in 1892. Well received and quick to gain popularity, the story went through six separate editions just between 1893 and 1899.


Pervaia liubov (First Love)

By Turgenev, I. S.

Berlin - Peterburg (Berlin - St. Petersburg): Izd-Stvo Z. I. Grzhebina, 1923. First Thus. Very good. First edition thus; 5 3/4 x 4; pp. [5], 8-130; textured beige wraps; title and vignette in gilt; small nicks to corners and tips of spine and a bit of wear to edges; text block pulling slightly at hinges; numerous illustrations by Vladimir Konashevich, including frontis, full-page, and in-line; very good condition. A beautiful and uncommon edition of Ivan Turgenev's (1818 - 1883) novella, it was published in Germany for the Russian emigre community and illustrated by master graphic artist and member of Mir Isskustva Vladimir Konashevich (1888 - 1963). The work, originally published in 1860 in "Biblioteka dlia chteniia" journal, told the love story between a 21-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy. In Turgenev's own words, it was the most autobiographical of all his writings and it drew polar-opposite reviews, gathering a great number of supporters and at the same time being condemned for its inapropriate subject matter.


Le Page's Craft League Library (In 4 Volumes)

By Anonymous

Gloucester, MA: Russia Cement Company, 1925. First Edition. Very good. First editions, in original box - "How to Make Fascinating Gifts for All Occasions," "How to Make Attractive Articles for Home Decorations," "The New Le Page's Gesso Craft!" and "How Boys and Girls Can Make Their Own Fascinating Toys;" 4 1/4 x 2 3/4; pp. 34 each; beige and brick-red, illustrated wraps; a few chips and nicks to edges; illustrated with in-line drawings; very good condition. Illustrated card-stock box with loss of paper to front panel; manuscript address to verso in the dedicated postal space; good condition. A wonderful set of little books, it was published as an advertisement for the Russia Cement Company's Le Page's Glue. Each book contained ideas and instructions for making a variety of household, entertainment and art objects, including book ends, shoe trees, bird houses, doll furniture (with detailed measurements and schematics), leather belts, jewelry cases, and much more.


Kropotkin's Revolutionary Pamphlets

By Baldwin, Roger (Kropotkin, Peter)

New York: Vanguard Press, 1927. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 7 1/4 x 4 1/2; pp. [2], iii-iv, 1-307, [1]; textured gray cloth over boards, titled and illustrated in red; front panel of DJ neatly pasted to front board verso; minor wear to tips of spine and a slight bump to upper corner of back board; two small ownership stamps to ffep and title page; very good condition. A comprehensive collection of Russian revolutionary and philosopher Peter Kropotkin's (1842 - 1921) writings on anarchism, Communism, and the Russian Revolution, it was compiled by the seminal figure in the development of the Human Rights Movement in the US Roger Nash Baldwin (1884 - 1981).


Black Mammy. A Song of the Sunny South, in Three Cantos; and "My Village Home" [A Presentation Copy]

By Visscher, William Lightfoot

Cheyenne, WY: By the author (Sun Steam Print), 1885. First Edition. Good. First edition; 8 1/4 x 5 1/4; pp. [9], 12-107, [3]; blue cloth over boards, titled and decorated in gilt and black; rubbed spots to tips of spine and corners; cloth faded and worn, especially to back board; loss of paper to last two leaves and rfep, affecting the last few lines of the last poem; illustrated with portrait frontis and full-page, engraved plates; good condition. Inscribed by the author: "To C. A. Miller Esq. / with the compliments of / Wm. L. Visscher / author." William Lightfoot Visscher (1842 (?)- 1924) was a colorful character - an author, journalist, soldier, actor, and self-proclaimed first chronicler of the Pony Express, although he was also known for not letting facts get in the way of his writings and for being a dubiously-reliable historian. The book, in his own words, contained poems he had written, while drifting and working various jobs across America, from Kentucky, through the western states, to Wyoming.


Meccania, the Super-State

By Gregory, Owen

London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1918. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 7 3/4 x 5; pp. [6], vii-xviii, [2], 1-298, [4], 3-31, [1]; red cloth over boards, printed in black; fading to spine; very light spot to cloth along spine; ownership stamps of a Canadian gold mine and a Canadian book shop to ffep and title page; overall in very good condition. Written by an unidentified British author writing under the pseudonym Owen Gregory, the dystopian novel in the Scientific Romance fashion described the totalitarian society of Meccania (analogous to Germany), as seen through the eyes of a Chinese visitor in 1970.


Set of 56 Fables of Aesop on Individual Cards. A Superb Collection of Favorite Fables by Aesop, Magnificently Illustrated

By Aesop

New York: Shackman, 1963. First Edition. Very good. First edition, n. d. (ca 1963); 56 + 1 (explanatory) cards, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2; each card illustrated in blue on recto, with a fable and its moral on verso; occasional very minor wear, near fine or better condition. Two-part box, 4 x 3; red leatherette over card stock; title and illustration on a large label pasted on the top half; a few rubbed spots and nicks to edges; overall in very good condition. An unusual and beautifully-illustrated set of Aesop's fables, it includes "The Hare and the Tortoise, " "The Peacock and the Crane," and so on.


Izmenenie zhivotnykh i rastenii v domashnem sostoianii (The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication)

By Darvin, Ch. (Darwin, Charles)

S.-Peterburg (St. Petersburg): Tipografiia A. A. Porokhovshchikova, 1896. Late 19th-century Edition. Very good. Late 19th-century edition; 8 1/2 x 6; pp. [3], 6-232, [2], I-XXIV; rebound in 1/4 cloth and marbled paper over boards; small rubbed spots to corners; thin strip from remnants of original wraps along hinge on title page and a few scattered spots; illustrated with 24 wood-engraved plates; very good condition. A beautifully-illustrated edition of Darwin's work on the domestication of animals and plants, it was first published in Russian in November of 1867, two months before the actual English-language edition, as the translator - philosopher and paleontologist Vladimir Kovalevskii - had personally corresponded with Darwin and had translated and prepared the text for the Russian publication well in advance. No copies in OCLC or in the trade (as of December 2018).



By Anonymous

S. l.: USSR Section: Brussels Universal and International Exhibition 1958, 1958. First Edition. Very good. First edition; single sheet, folded to form a book; 8 1/2 x 11 1/2; monor wear along edges; lithographed illustrations; text in English; very good to near fine condition. A beautiful presentation catalog of Zil-111 (a luxury limousine, first produced in 1958), it was created for the Soviet Pavillion at the Brussels World's Fair in the same year. The catalog described the car, which was physically present at the fair, and its engine and transmission, and gave specifications and general data. The Russian exposition would be awarded with a Grand Prix. On a side note, they would also be remembered for accusing the US of stealing a facsimile of Sputnik, which had mysteriously vanished during the fair.


Sredi tain i chudes (Among Mysteries and Wonders)

By Rubakin, N. A.

New York: Izdanie Ispolnitelnogo Komiteta Professionalnykh Soiuzov, 1923. Second Edition. Very good. Second, improved edition; 8 1/2 x 6; pp. [4], 2-236, [1]; dark-blue cloth over boards; embossed title in gilt; minor rubbing to spine and corners; a few faint spots to margins of cloth and first few leaves; several marginal, penciled-in notes; illustrated with 92 in-line drawings and photographic images; very good condition. Nikolai Rubakin (1862 - 1946) was a Russian author and bibliographer. He published numerous works and articles in several journals, including the Marxist "Novo Slovo." He also used the pseudonym Sergei Nekrasov to write revolutionary, underground pamphlets. After being arrested for "illegal activities" and consequently released, he emigrated to Switzerland, taking with him his massive collection of books, about 100 000 volumes, to which he would allegedly add another 100 000, where he established a library in Montreux. Among other things, he studied the psychology of the main types of book readers and even proposed a Theory of Bibliopsychology. His current work dealt with superstitions from around the world, from ancient times onward, their effects on humanity, and the ways of overcoming them. Uncommon, with OCLC listing 1 copy of the first edition in New Zealand, 2 copies of this second edition in Israel and Switzerland, and none other in the trade (as of January 2019).


Stories for Little Boys. An Amusing Book for the Moral Improvement of Children

By Anonymous

Guben, Germany: F. Fechner, 1840. First Edition. Good +. First edition presumed, n. d. (ca 1840); 6 3/4 x 4 1/4; pp. [46]; textured white paper over boards, illustrated in gilt and pink; spine cover with chips, somewhat crudely repaired with thread; small rubbed spots to corners; light, overall age-toning; illustrated with numerous, lithographed, hand-colored plates; good to very good condition. A typical, 19th-century children's book about morals, albeit quite scarce for the fact that it was published in Germany for the American market. Included the stories of The Little Juggler, The Little Pastry-cook, The Young Sailor and so on. Each short tale extolled the virtues of honesty, honor, obedience, generosity, etc. OCLC lists 1 copy at Princeton.



By Anonymous

S. l.: Section de L'URSS a l'exposition universelle et internationale de Bruxelles 1958, 1958. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 11 1/2 x 8 1/4; pp. [4] + text to covers' verso; illustrated wraps, printed in black, white, yellow, and blue; a few minro spots to wraps; illustrated with black & white drawings; text in Russian, English, French, and German; very good or better condition. A beautiful presentation catalog of Gaz-52 (a 2.5-ton, medium-duty truck), it was created for the Soviet Pavillion at the Brussels World's Fair in 1958. The catalog described the truck, which was physically present at the fair, and its engine and transmission, and gave specifications and general data. The Russian exposition would be awarded with a Grand Prix. On a side note, they would also be remembered for accusing the US of stealing a facsimile of Sputnik, which had mysteriously vanished during the fair.


$700.00 Reward, Wanted for Murder

By Irwin, Robert, Sheriff of Jo Daviess County

Galena, Ill: Irwin, Robert, 1910. First Edition. Very good. Postcard, stamped and dated (March, 1911); 3 1/4 x 5 1/2; card stock, printed in black; manuscript address to recto; small spot to upper margin; very good condition. Addressed to the Chief of Police of San Francisco, the card offered a $700 reward for the arrest and detention of three Bulgarians - Nick Giargoff, Mike Stavroff, and George Giargoff - for the murder of one Valan Smillof in Galena, Illinois between November 3rd and 4th, 1910. It listed their names and physical characteristics, as well as one of the three's English proficiency.


Fabrika snov (The Dream Factory)

By Erenburg, Ilia

Berlin: Petropolis, 1931. First Edition. Very good -. First edition in book form (initially appearing in three issues of the journal "Krasnaia nov" in the same year); 7 1/2 x 5 1/2; pp. [2], 5-243, [5]; beige wraps, printed in red, with an elaborate green border; closed cuts to tips of spine; two chips to fore-edge and lower corner; partially unopened; overall in 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. During the Great Depression in the US, he wrote a series of novels that dealt with Capitalism and its workings, one of which was "The Dream Factory." Although presented as a documentary report, it was in fact a fictionalized, anti-Hollywood film industry novel. Although it carried a strong, anti-Capitalist bias, the book was not accepted by the the authorities, thus it was published in Berlin.


Abraham Lincoln: Two Newspaper Accounts of the Assasination

By Various

Hartford, Conn. and Washington, DC: The Hartford Dailty Times and Daily Morning Chronicle, 1865. First Edition. Very good. Two newspapers - The Hartford Dailty Times, Vol. XXVI, Number 10,481 from April 18, 1865 and Daily Morning Chronicle, Vol. III, Number 151 from April 28, 1865; pp. [4] each; the Times folded, with tears, splits, and some loss of paper (mostly to margins), fair to good condition; the Chronicle folded, well-preserved, with a few small nicks to edges; very good condition. Early newspaper accounts of the assasination of President Lincoln, the Daily Times had its article titled: "The Assasination. A Deliberate Plot Unveiled." It gave a lengthy account of the deliberate preparations for the murder and speculations on the whereabouts of the assasins. The Chronicle's article - "Our National Loss. The Obsequies at Buffalo" - featured a portrait of Lincoln and detailed the funeral proceedings for the President.


Pen Pictures of Russian Village Life During the Famine

By Dunn, Robert and Smith, Jessica

Philadelphia: American Friends Service Committee, 1923. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 9 x 3 3/4; pp. 1-20; light-brown wraps, printed in dark brown; two faded stamps of the California Branch of the American Friends Service Committee; a few creases; a bit of rubbing to tips of spine; very good condition. Published from personal experiences of Quaker relief workers from the American Friends Service Committee (a religious society established in 1917), the booklet relieved the horrors of the great Russian Famine of 1921 and 1922. Killing an estimated 5 million people, it was felt the worst in the regions of the Ural and Volga rivers. Robert W. Dunn (1895 - 1977) was an author and political activist and Jessica Smith was a secretary at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, DC and and editor of Soviet Russia Today.


The Quality of Education Under Millionaires

By Swift, Morrison

San Francisco: Published by the author, 1896. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 7 3/4 x 5 1/4; pp. [1], 2-21; beige wraps, printed in black; light, uniform dust-dulling; small rust spots around original staples (spine strengthened with two later ones); faint discolored spot to upper margin of back wrap; very good condition. A rare, 19th-century publication by anarchist, author of utopian fiction, and staunch anti-imperialist Morrison Isaac Swift (1856 - 1946). A major social activist, he led every single unemployment rally in Boston from 1894 until 1914. He began his current work: "The education of a period is simply one manifestation of the spirit of the period." He went on to state that teachers and professors were not leaders in progress, as none of them were in the ranks of social reform, "the prestige of college is gone," and that the training they (the educators) were given was to "wink at the atrocities of the social system and go in for their share." At the time, the country was just emerging from the Panic of 1893.


Avtomobili "Moskvich" (Automobiles "Moskvitch")

By Anonymous

S. l. : Section de L'URSS a l'exposition universelle et internationale de Bruxelles 1958, 1958. First Edition. Very good. First edition; oblong 8 1/2 x 11 1/2; pp. [8] + text to covers' verso; green wraps, printed in black, white, red, and yellow; a few very minor rubbed spots to edges and tips of spine; small crease to corner of first leaf; numerous lithographed illustrations; text in French, German, andEnglish; very good or better condition. A beautiful presentation catalog of classics of the Russian auto industry (first produced in 1946), it was created for the Soviet Pavillion at the Brussels World's Fair in 1958. The two models exhibited were Moskvitch 407 - a sedan - and Moskvitch 423 - a station wagon and they were physically present at the fair. The catalog described the cars and gave specifications and general data. The Russian exposition would be awarded with a Grand Prix. On a side note, they would also be remembered for accusing the US of stealing a facsimile of Sputnik, which had mysteriously vanished during the fair.


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