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    Fidel Castro a Universita Karlova. Fidel Castro and Charles University

    Prague: Universita Karlova, 1973. Octavo (21 × 11 cm). Original gilt-embossed white cloth; violet endpapers; 39, [1] pp. Boards very lightly discolored; else very good. [Castro's Honorary Doctorate]. Scarce celebratory volume published on the occasion of Fidel Castro's 1972 visit to Prague, where he was received with great pomp and awarded an honorary doctorate from Charles University. A preface by the University Chancellor attempts - rather unconvincingly - to justify Castro's scholarly achievements and introduces Castro's talk on the occasion, which he calls "an important link in the secular connection of the Prague University with the peoples of Latin America" (29). Castro's speech, which is printed in Spanish, Czech and English, touches on the Czech context of the international class struggle and mentions the politician and writer Julius Fu ík, who became a communist martyr after his death at the hands of the Gestapo in 1943. Also reproduced are five photographs showing Castro during the ceremony at Charles University. One of 820 copies, and scarce: In North America, KVK, OCLC only show the copies at Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale.


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    Iskra [Spark] by Lenin, Vladimir Il'ich (1870-1924)

    Leipzig, 1900. First edition. Fair. The first paper of the Russian Social Democracy in Russia, it was also illegal. It was founded by V. I. Lenin in 1900, and played a decisive role in the formation of a revolutionary Marxist party of the working class in Russia. Iskra's first issue appeared in Leipzig in December 1900, the following issues being brought out in Munich, and then beginning with July 1902 -- in London, and after the spring of 1903 -- in Geneva. The first editorial board of Iskra, along with Lenin, held five future Mensheviks: Plekhanov, Martov, Axelrod, Potresov and Vera Zasulich. On Lenin's initiative, the editorial staff drew up a draft of the Party's Programme (published in Iskra No. 21), and prepared the Second Congress of the R.S.D.L.P.. Soon after the Second Congress, the Mensheviks, supported by Plekhanov, won control of Iskra, beginning with issue No. 52. Folio (30.5 x 44.5 cm). SCARCE in such condition.


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    Rasprostranenie Radikal'no-sotsialisticheskikh idei. Perevod s Frantsuzkogo. [The spread of radical socialist ideas. Translated from the French] by Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich (1842-1921)

    [London or Paris?]: Izdanie federatsii Anarkhistov-Kommunistov, 1913. Octavo (18.5 × 12 cm). Original printed staple-stitched wrappers; 8 pp. Unopened and uncut; wrappers detached and lightly chipped at corners. Text very good. A rare pamphlet on radical socialism written by Petr Kropotkin, a Russian revolutionary, activist, and one of the central philosophers of international anarcho-communism. Born into a noble family, Kropotkin (1842-1921) became involved in Socialist activities in 1872. Following arrest and persecution he was forced to flee Russia in 1876, living in France, where he was arrested for anarchist activity, Switzerland, from which he was expelled for his political writing, and England, where he founded Freedom Press, an anarchist newspaper turned publishing house still in operation today. In 1917 he triumphantly returned to Russia after the February Revolution. Although originally supportive of the October Revolution, Kropotkin came to be disillusioned with Lenin's dictatorial tendencies. This pamphlet, originally written in French and published on the eve of WWI, discusses the tactics and failures of the socialist-democrats in Russia and in Germany in reaching workers in urban areas. The pamphlet was published by the Federation of Anarcho-Communists, a clandestine organization that operated from Paris. Not in the Russian State or National Libraries.


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    For Home and Country: Victory Liberty Loan by ORR, Alfred Everitt

    New York: American Lithographic Company, 1918. Original poster. Color lithograph. 30 x 20 inches. An original World War I poster advertising Victory Liberty loans by Alfred Everitt Orr (1886-c.1938). A soldier, in khaki, is at the centre of a touching family scene. He is embracing a woman and holding a child who are together dressed in red, white and blue. Some offsetting but otherwise good.


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    Mladé proudy: list národní mládeže socialistické [Saturday: a weekly for politics, economics, social questions and culture], vol. VI, nos. 1-12 (complete yearly run for 1906) by Špatný, Emil, editor

    Prague: V. Rejmon, 1948. Octavos (22.2 × 14.7 cm). Contemporary half-cloth; 192 pp. of consecutive pagination. Wrappers lightly worn; frequent annotations by the editor, with his owner inscription to the first page; else good or better. Complete early run of this long-standing Czech journal for socialist youth, with articles on topics such as antireligiosity, liberalism, socialism, pacifist demonstrations, May Day celebrations, overviews of events in Silesia and Moravia, reports on various worker's and leftist youth clubs. With many censored passages blanked out; many issues are re-issues following confiscation by the censor. This appears to be the editor's copy (Emil Špatný), with copious annotations, often explaining which passages were banned and for what reason. Together, thirty-seven vols. were published, with significant pauses, such as during WWI and the Protectorate years. Despite its long run, the journal is very scarce institutionally. Not in Švec. The Czech National Library only holds five yearly runs. Outside the Czech Republic, KVK, OCLC show issues at IISG Amsterdam and a single issue at the Hoover.


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    Life behind the Iron Curtain. Document of the Communistic Coup in Czechoslovakia by Jandacek, A. J

    Chicago: National Alliance of Czech Catholics, 1949. Octavo (26 × 14.5 cm). Publisher's stapled pictorial wrappers; 88, [1] pp. Small tear to wrapper; pencil note to title (gift of author); else very good. English translation of this anti-communist account of the 1948 takeover, which appeared in Czech the same year. Frontispeace features caricature of Stalin carrying a whip, with the caption "The gospel according to 'St. Marx'." No other copies in the trade as of December 2018. KVK, OCLC show eleven copies.


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    The First Casualty. The War Correspondent as Hero, Propagandist and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Iraq by Knightley, Phillip

    London: Andre Deutsch. 1975. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Near Fine copy in Very Good dustjacket. Dustjacket is now protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. xiii, 394 pages The gripping classic history of the war correspondent.. . 1st Edition. Softcover.


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    The Mission of a Small Nation by Beneš, Vojta

    Chicago: Czechoslovak National Council of America, 1941. Second edition. Octavo (21.5 × 14 cm). Publisher's printed wrappers; 110, [2] pp. With a map and a potrait of Masaryk. Very good. "To all men of good will! This book was written for busy people interested in the fate of the small enslaved European nations... it attempts to portray adequately the fate of Czechoslovakia and the sad destiny of those nations burdened with Nazism" (author's postscript). Stamp of the "Czechoslovak National Council of America" in Chicago, which distributed the book.


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    Co víte o Židech? Podle stejnojmenného cyklu politických přednášek českého rozhlasu [What do you know about the Jews? Adapted based on an eponymous series of political lectures on the Czech Radio].; "Na okraj nové doby" ["On the brink of a new era"], vol. 38 by Kříž, Alois, editor

    Prague: Nakladatelství Orbis, 1941. Octavo (21.2 × 14.7 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 90, [5] pp. Very good. First and only edition of a series of anti-semitic radio speeches, adapted and edited by Alois Kříž (1911-1947), a German-born Czech journalist who had embraced the ideology of the German occupants after 1939 and wrote numerous books on politics from a Nazi point of view. From 1941 he worked for the Czech radio, where he produced political commentary and the lecture series "What do you know about the Jews and Freemasons?" The lectures, by various scholars and demagogues, feature titles such as "They Just Don't Belong to Europe!" and "The Jewish Question and its Resolution." As documented on a famous photograph, Kříž himself was dramatically arrested during the so-called Prague Uprising of May 1945. He was subsequently sentenced to death for his collaboration with the Germans and executed at the Pankrác prison. See also Jindřich Toman, Photo/Montage in Print, p. 155: "Nazi propaganda repeatedly confirmed photomontage's modernist connotation by using this technique to discredit what Nazism was trying to dissociate itself from - the spirit of Weimar... Czech propaganda titles by Orbis Publishers from the period of Nazi occupation (1939-1945) exploit photomontage for anti-democratic propaganda as well..." Of the present cover, Toman notes: "showing a group of Jewish men, applies photographic rhetoric of the 'how-they-really-are' kind." 4.3.37. Scarce; outside the Czech Republic, we locate copies at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Harvard, and YIVO.


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    Siniaia bluza: vypusk tridtsatyi (shestoi). Materialy ko dniu pechati i dniu kooperatsii [Blue blouse: thirtieth issue (sixth). Materials for the Day of Printing and Day of Cooperation]

    Moscow: Izdatel'stvo MGSPS "Trud i kniga", 1926. Octavo (22.5 × 15 cm). Original illustrated wrappers with constructivist cover design by Elena Semenova; 63, [1] pp. Illustrations and musical scores. Front wrapper partially detached and spine frayed; internally very good. Single issue (no. 30) of this periodical by "Siniaia bluza" (Blue blouse), an experimental agitational theater troupe founded in 1923 at the Moscow School of Journalism. The founder, Boris Iuzhanin (1896-1962) was a journalist interested in a new genre of "live newspaper," a low-tech high entertainment alternative to the emerging radio. The name of the group derived from the work clothes, blue blouses, which the actors wore during the performance. As described by Lynn Mally in her book on amateur Soviet theater: "A performance typically opened with a parade of the 'headlines,' followed by from eight to fifteen short vignettes on topics ranging from international affairs to local complaints about factory management. The actors amended their simple work clothes with exaggerated props to identify the role they were performing, such as a top hat for a capitalist or a large red pencil for a bureaucrat. Since the troupe did not need sophisticated stages or lighting, it could perform almost anywhere. In early 1920s Blue Blouse played in clubs, cafeterias, and factory floors throughout Moscow and Moscow province" (Revolutionary Acts: Amateur Theater and the Soviet State, 1917-1938). Always reflecting on current events with humor and satire, and containing an element of folk theater, the performances were tremendously popular with the audiences and cells of Blue Blouse multiplied, eventually operating all over the country. To help the spread of the Blue Blouse, a periodical was published irregularly 1924-1928 (publishing 80 issues in total), containing librettos for current skits, suggestions for staging, set and costume designs. The individual librettos were published anonymously until 1926, although regular contributors included the best satirists and leftist writers of the day such as Vladimir Mayakovsky, Nikolai Aseev, and Sergei Tretiakov. Osip Brik promoted the "live newspapers" in his theoretical articles in LEF and the constructivist artist Elena Semenova created some of the cover design for the publication. The various cells were free to use the skits as inspiration for writing their own content or to restage them verbatim. The publication typically closed with original musical scores. Because of their decentralized, spontaneous nature and close ties to left art the Blue Blouse troupes eventually went out of favor with the state in the early 1930s. Print runs varied; in this case, one of 9000 copies. The cover of this issue designed by the constructivist artist Elena Semenova (1898-1986). In 1920, Semenova entered VKhUTEMAS, a hotbed of avant-garde artistic experimentation. Later she was part of the constructivist group at INKhUK, becoming friends with Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova. In this period Semenova worked a lot with photo-montage and created designs for LEF and Novy LEF. The issue closes with a call, inviting all Blue Blouse collectives around the country to submit photographs of their troupes and performances. An album containing these photographs was published in 1927. Not in Getty. KVK and OCLC show scattered issues at Amherst (only for 1928), NYPL, Toronto (only no. 61/62), the British Library, and Zurich.


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    K russkoi molodezhi [To the Russian youth].; Literaturnyi Fond Narodnoi Monarkhii by Pototskii, N

    Nice: Izdanie Literaturnogo Fonda Narodnoi Monarkhii, 1962. Octavo (22.5 × 15.5 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 100 pp. Three photographs. Very good. According to Andrei Savine, a scarce monarchist propaganda book, issued with the goal of distribution in the Soviet Union among farmers and workers (two related publications by Pototskii were entitled "To the Russian worker" and "To the Russian woman.") Pototskii was the pseudonym of Nikolai G. Shapovalenko (1893-1976), a writer and activist who lived in Nice and was instrumental in the emigre monarchist movement. Here he attempts to introduce Soviet youth to the supposed truth about pre-revolutionary Russia, the Tsars and the church and to motivate them toward resistance to the Soviet regime. Savine 00337. KVK, OCLC show six holdings, at Berkeley, the British Library, Holy Trinity, Hoover, Stabi Berlin and UNC Chapel Hill. Scarce in the trade.


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    Help Him, Help Yourself: For Victory At Least 10% Of Your Pay Every Payday by ANONYMOUS

    Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1942. Original poster. Color lithograph. 22 x 16.75 inches. World War II government issued War Bonds poster. The text and borders are colored in patriotic red, white and blue. Images in the poster are photogravure technique showing a mechanic working on a car superimposed on an image of a soldier holding a rifle. Very good condition.


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    Zapiski sotsialista-revoliutsionera: Kniga 1 [Memoirs of a socialist-revolutionary: Volume 1] by Chernov, Viktor Mikhailovich (1873-1952)

    Berlin: Z. I. Grzhebin, 1922. First edition. Original pictorial wrappers. Good copy. Zapiski sotsialista-revoliutsionera: kniga pervaia [Memoirs of a socialist-revolutionary: Volume 1]. Series title: Letopis revoliutsii, 5. 339 pages. 8vo (19.5 x 13 cm). Small tear to title. Some signs of wear. Uncut pages. The ONLY published volume of the book. Viktor Mikhailovich Chernov (1873-1952), Russian revolutionary. One of the founders of the Socialist Revolutionary party, he served as minister of agriculture under Kerensky in the provisional government set up after the overthrow of the czar in 1917. He was president of the short-lived constituent assembly (Jan., 1918). After its dissolution, Chernov headed an anti-Bolshevik government in Samara. Early in 1921 he fled abroad. He died in New York City. OCLC locates two copies in France.


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    Emprunt de la Defense Nationale; "N'oublie pas de souscrire...pour la Victoire!... et le retour! by POULBOT, Francisque

    1915. Original poster. Color lithograph. 44.25 x 31 inches. This French war loan poster features an image of a soldier heading off to war, waving his family farewell. In the foreground his wife holds their youngest child and stands with their other two children. The son his holding a wooden sword and wears a French soldier's cap and the daughter is waving a small Tricolore. The message below translates as: 'Don't forget to subscribe... for Victory!... and his return!". 1915 was the first year that France established a war loan program to assist in paying for the conflict. This poster urges the public to subscribe in the first 'Emprunt de la Defense Nationale' [National Defence Loan]. Francisque Poulbot (1879-1946) was a French poster designer, draughtsman, and illustrator, known for his charming depictions of children and childhood. His prolific output of patriotic posters and postcards during World War One led to him being held under house arrest during the German occupation during World War Two. Mounted on linen. With folds as issued and some discoloration at edges where the poster has been framed.


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    The Fruits of War. How Military Conflict Accelerates Technology by White, Michael

    London: Simon & Schuster. 2005. Very Good condition. viii, 374 pages An informative history of human innovation which considers seven of the most important developments in the history of technology and science all a result of the impetus of war. . 1st Edition. Trade Paperback.


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    Slováci a maďari: politicko-historická úvaha [Slovaks and Magyars: a political and historical essay] by Vacovský, Dr [= Milan Ivanka] and Slovenská líga v Amerike [Slovak League of America]

    Pittsburgh: Slovenský hlásník, 1914. Octavo (22.2 × 15 cm). Publisher's printed wrappers; 123, [1] pp. Two folding maps, measuring 20.5 × 48 cm. About very good; wrappers and spine extremities lightly worn and chipped; one map with small tear. First edition of this nationalist pro-Slovak history of the conflict between Slovak and Magyar settlers in modern day Slovakia, which was republished in 1923 in Bratislava. With two folding historical maps, on fine paper stock, also printed in Pittsburgh. Preface by Albert Mamatey, the president of the Slovak League of America. Scarce. No other copies in the trade as of January 2019.


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    Bragožda a jiné válečné vzpomínky [Bragožda and other war memories] by Neumann, Stanislav Kostka and Karel Teige, designer

    Prague: Odeon, 1928. Octavo (19.8 × 14 cm). Original pictorial wrappers, printed in orange and brown on beige cover; 85, [2] pp. Very good. First edition of these war reflections by S. K. Neumann (1875-1947), the Czech poet, publisher, and journalist. Neumann was known for his anarchist leanings, and later became one of the co-founders of the Czechoslovak Communist Party. With appealing cover design and typography by Karel Teige. Vloemans 131.


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    Doktrina fashizma s prilozheniem Khartii truda [The Doctrine of Fascism appended with the "Labour Charter of 1927"] by Mussolini, Benito; Novikov, V. N., translator

    Paris: Vozrozhdenie, 1938. Octavo (19 × 14 cm). Original printed wrappers; 60, [2] pp. Unopened and uncut. Light foxing to front wrapper, still very good or better. First edition. First Russian translation of Benito Mussolini's programmatic essay on fascism, originally published in the Italian Encyclopedia of Science in 1932. A Russian fascist Viacheslav Novikov translated the text and wrote an introduction to this edition, in which he glosses the rising interest in fascism within the Russian white émigré community, starting with the attempted formation of a Russian fascist party in 1924 in Serbia, under the leadership of Prof. D.P. Ruzskii and Gen. P.V. Cherskii. A Russian fascist party was finally formed within the White émigré community in Manchuria in 1931. Novikov also discusses the publication of the fascist journal "Klich" (Cry) in Belgium in which he seems to have published under the pseudonym Verista. Viacheslav Novikov (-1966) was a St. Petersburg lawyer, later a legal counsel to Aleksander Kolchak during his tenure as the head of the White government in Siberia (1918-1920). From 1920 onward, Novikov lived in emigration in Paris. In 1926 he published a monograph "Fascism. Notes on Italian Fascism", with this translation as his second major contribution to the development of Russian fascist thought. KVK, OCLC show copies at Amherst, NYPL, UNC, Ohio, Wisconsin, Stanford and the British Library.


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    Avenge December 7 by PERLIN, Bernard

    Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1942. unbound. Original poster. Color lithograph. 39 3/4 x 29 1/2 inches. This iconic 1942 World War II propaganda poster was designed by artist Bernard Perlin for the Office of War Information. The poster depicts a U.S. Navy Sailor raising an angry fist. Below him is a scene of an exploding battleship destroyed at Pearl Harbor. Issued as an anti-axis powers propaganda poster to generate support for the war effort. This poster is in good condition with original fold lines showing minor wear. Minor edge wear and foxing. Bernard Perlin (1918-2014) was an American painter from Virginia. He was a Guggenheim fellow and was known for creating World War II pro-war art and as an illustrator for "Life and Fortune".


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    Fabiánský socialismus [Fabian socialism] by Cole, G. D. H. and Karel Teige, designer

    Prague: Klub socialistické kultury ("Práce"), 1947. Octavo (22.8 × 14.8 cm). Original decorative wrappers by Karel Teige; 156, [2] pp. Front wrapper with light dust soil; else very good, in protective mylar. First edition of this translation by M. Haluza, with an understated but effective late typographic wrapper design by Karel Teige. First edition, one of 3000 copies.


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    The Commissar Vanishes by King, David

    New York: Metropolitan Books. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1997. First Edition. Hardcover. 0805052941 . An examination of the falsification of photographs and art under Stalin. ; quarto; 192 pages .


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    Nutnost revidovati process Polenský [On the need to revise the Polná legal case] by Masaryk, Prof. T. G

    Prague: Nákladem, 1899. Octavo (24.6 × 16.2 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 16 pp. A very good copy; small chip to upper right corner of front wrapper. Scarce Czech edition of a pamphlet, later confiscated, through which Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk sought to intercede in the Hilsner Affair, which provoked the most scandalous demonstration of anti-semitic views in Bohemia in the nineteenth century. Leopold Hilsner (1876-1928) was a Jew from the small East Bohemian community of Polná, who was accussed and later convicted of murdering nineteen-year-old Anežka Hrůzová in 1899, and later a second girl. The prosecution's strategy involved blood libel, which led to great conflicts in the region and beyond. Because he failed to produce an alibi, Hilsner was convicted and sentenced to death. It was only because of future Czechoslovak president T. G. Masaryk intervened that the sentence was commuted. Masaryk's calm and objective analysis of the case was a reaction to what he saw as a "Czech and Austrian Dreyfussiade," caused by the "false and seditious" rhetoric of the local press. Masaryk's pamphlet was also published in German: "Die Nothwendigkeit der Revision des Polnaer Processes," in Vienna. It was confiscated and he lost his teaching position as Professor of Ethics at Prague University over the scandal. One of the leading opponents in the debate was the Czech Catholic priest and publicist Rudolf Vrba, who authored a brochure in the same year which asserts the ritual murder accusation against Hilsner. Hilsner's fate was the subject of a silent film in 1918 and of a recent motion picture (2016). In 2008 he was officially rehabilitated by the Austrian minister of justice. KVK, OCLC only show copies at TH Berlin, Herder, the British Library, Ljubljana, Columbia, Indiana, Utah.


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    Sanitarnaia okhrana zhilishch. Dekrety i rasporiazheniia soveta narodnykh komissarov i narodnogo komissariata zdravookhranenia po organizatsii zhilishchno-sanitarnogo nadzora [Sanitary protection of dwellings. Decrees and orders of the Council of People's Commissars and the People's Commissariat of Health on the organization of housing and sanitary supervision]. Vypusk II [Second volume] by People's Commissariat of Health

    Moscow: Izdanie narodnogo komissariata zdravookhraneniia, 1920. Octavo (22 × 19 cm). Publisher's staple-stitched printed self-wrappers; 54 pp. Tables and graphs throughout. Slight moisture damage to bottom right corner and wrapper edge; crease to bottom corner of rear wrapper. Else uncut and unopened; about very good. Second edition (first published in 1919). This public health pamphlet was intended for employees of the People's Commisariat of Health tasked with conducting sanitation inspections. The pamphlet provides an overview of the codes as well as worksheets meant to be used by the examiners during house visits as well as instructions on their use. It also includes tables with statistical data about "deaths in the home," "epidemics in the home," as well as orders regarding provision of living quarters for workers' families and the protection of green spaces. A glimpse into the workings of the newly established People's Commissariat of Health (est. 1918). Not in KVK or OCLC.


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    Přes fronty a přes hranice [Across frontlines and borders] by Falta, Josef

    New York: Listy Publishing Co, 1943. Octavo (23 × 16 cm). Publisher's pictorial wrappers; 255, [1] pp. Light wear to wrappers; upper spine end frayed; still about very good. First and only edition of this autobiographical work by Czech émigré writer Josef Falta. No other copies in the trade as of December 2018.


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    Vykhovannia i vyshkil v OUN [Education and schooling in the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists] by Mel'nyk, Andrii

    [Munich]: Nakladom OUN na chuzhyni, 1946. Small folio (21.2 × 15 cm). Original self-wrappers, loosely folded gatherings of mimeographed text to rectos and versos; 33, [1] pp. Text evenly toned; else a very good copy. Rare theoretical treatise for members of the OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists), a radical anti-Soviet organization highly active in the inter- and post-war emigration. The OUN arose in the late 1920s and sought to counteract Soviet and Polish influence and to establish an independent state on Ukrainian territory. The movement was fiercely devoted to the cause of nationalism and inspired by Italian Fascism in its tactics; its members believed in the necessity of a strong political elite that would result in a revolution followed by dictatorship. It rejected foreign assistance and stressed, as in the present pamphlet, the importance of violence in overthrowing the existing Soviet government. In 1938, Stalin reputedly ordered the assassination of the movement's leader, Yevhen Konovalets, with the aim of unraveling the organization. The author of the present work was Andrii Mel'nyk (1890-1964), a Ukrainian military leader and political theorist who was also among the co-founders of the organization and became its de facto leader after Konovalets was assassinated. The present work outlines Mel'nyk's guidelines for being a suitable member of the organization as well as educating other potential Ukrainian Nationalists and involving them in the cause. Not in KVK, OCLC. These catalogs show two other titles by this publisher, both held only at Toronto Fisher Library and the University of Minnesota.


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