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EXTREMELY RARE SAMARKAND IMPRINT] Spravochnik i Adres-Kalendar Samarkandskoi Oblasti na 1901/ Izd. Samarkandskogo Oblastnogo Statisticheskogo Komiteta [i.e. Directory and Address Book of the Samarkand Province for 1901: in two parts/ Publication of the Statistical Committee of the Samarkand Province]

EXTREMELY RARE SAMARKAND IMPRINT] Spravochnik i Adres-Kalendar Samarkandskoi Oblasti na 1901/ Izd. Samarkandskogo Oblastnogo Statisticheskogo Komiteta [i.e. Directory and Address Book of the Samarkand Province for 1901: in two parts/ Publication of the Statistical Committee of the Samarkand Province]

Samarkand: Typ. "Tovarishchestvo", [1901].Ca. 16,5x12,5 cm. Two parts in one. [32 - ads], [6], 102; [2], v, [3], 137, [24 - ads] pp. Original publisher's illustrated wrappers. Pre-revolutionary Russian ink stamp "Price 30 cop." on the front wrapper. Soviet library stamp on verso of the title page and on p. 17 in part 1. Wrappers slightly soiled, with minor tears, but overall a very good copy of this rare book in its original state. Very rare Russian provincial imprint with only one paper copy found in Worldcat (the "Directory. for 1902" in University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt). A beautiful copy preserved in the original publisher's illustrated wrappers. This is the official directory and address book of the Samarkand Province of the Russian Empire - a former part of the Khanate of Bukhara which has been annexed during the Russian advance to Central Asia in the 1860s and joined the Imperial Turkestan General Governorship in 1887. After the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the formation of the USSR the Samarkand province became a part of the Uzbek SSR and after 1991 - of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The "Directory" was compiled by the Statistical Committee of the Samarkand Province (1887-1919) - the official government centre of statistical and ethnographic studies in the region. The Committee published the "Spavochnaya Knizhka" [Reference Book] of the Samarkand Province in 1893-1907; since 1896 its part titled "Directory and Adress Book" started being issued separately, and its publication continued until the beginning of WW1 in 1914. Apart from these two serial editions, the Statistical Committee issued several separate works on the region, including a pocket Russian-Uzbek dictionary, a list of towns and villages in the province, an overview of local wineries etc., and in 1896 opened the "Samarkand Museum of nature, archaeology, and ethnography" (modern-day Samarkand Museum of History and Art of the Uzbek People). The Committee's Secretary Mikhail Virsky, who prepared all address books and directories for publication, served as a collegiate councillor ("kollezhsky sovietnik") under the direct command of the military governor of the Samarkand Province Viktor Medinsky (1837-1908). The book consists of two parts: the "Directory" (part III of the serial publication since 1896) with the general information about the province (geography, administration, districts, population, Russian settlers, agriculture, cotton industries, livestock, fincance, real estate, public health, education, courts etc.), and the "Adress Book" (part VII of the serial publication since 1893) containing the names and addresses of all government officials (in Samarkand and four provincial districts), societies and public organizations, hospitals, clinics and doctors, post offices, railway stations, forestries, charities, libraries, shops, artisans, photo studios, bookshops, bazaars and even "Merchant karavan-sarais in the native part of Samarkand." The first 32 and the last 24 pages are occupies with numerous ads from local businesses. Overall an important reference book on the history of Samarkand and its environs in the early 20th century.
PHOTOMONTAGES ON SOCIALIST YOUTH OF POLAND] Narodnaia Pol'sha i ee molod'ezh' [i.e. People's Poland and its Youth]

PHOTOMONTAGES ON SOCIALIST YOUTH OF POLAND] Narodnaia Pol’sha i ee molod’ezh’ [i.e. People’s Poland and its Youth]

Warszawa: Ksi??ka i wiedza, 1951. [180] pp.: ill. 28x23 cm. In original red cloth with silver lettering and strips; illustrated endpapers. Rubbed corners, ink inscription on half-title, otherwise very good. Design by Jan Gollander; drawings by well-known illustrator and book designer Jan Marcin Szancer. Photographs were provided by S. Dzubinski, V. Gaidzik, Grossvirt, Z. Kosytsazh, Z. Malek, Z. Pezhin'slii, J. Pirotte, V. Slavny, S. and Z. Vdovin'ski, V. Zazhitski. An attractive album features photomontages and photographs (black-and-white and colored) depicting young people of communist Poland. The edition was published in six versions - in French, English, Russian, Chinese, German and Polish languages - on the occasion of the Third World Youth Festival in Berlin. Supported by propaganda, the almost official name of the state in 1944-1989 was Polska Ludowa (i.e. People's Poland). This album promoted that the Soviet way of life was brought to this country as well. New universities and schools, pre-school facilities and manufacturing schools were founded. A man or woman could get whatever profession they wanted. The factories started socialist competitions and some Soviet shock-workers advised their foreign colleagues. Polish organization of young pioneers appeared with summer camps. The new kind of cultural institution was founded spreading amateur theater, art and sports clubs - physical education prepared youth to pass GTO tests. At the same time, numerous competitions were held: football, skiing, motorcycling, box, etc. All of that occurred during the first 6-year plan, based on a Soviet model for economic and industrial development. No copies located in USA.
RARE RUSSIAN AFRICAN HUNTING ACCOUNT] V Dzhungliakh Afriki: Dnievnik Okhotnika [i.e. In the Jungle of Africa: The Diary of a Hunter]

RARE RUSSIAN AFRICAN HUNTING ACCOUNT] V Dzhungliakh Afriki: Dnievnik Okhotnika [i.e. In the Jungle of Africa: The Diary of a Hunter]

Gorodetskii, Vladislav Kiev: Polskaya typ. 1914. First Edition. Quarto (ca. 30x21,5 cm). [2], 182, [2 - errata] pp. With a photogravure frontispiece, two maps and many photo illustrations in text. Original publisher's brown quarter sheep with decorative carved ornaments on wooden boards with a gilt lettered title on the front board; decorative endpapers. Binding rubbed on extremities, several pages loose from binding but overall a very good copy. Very rare. Interesting original account of a Russian hunting safari expedition to British East Africa (Kenya) in November 1911 - January 1912. A party of three Russian hunters travelled across the "Serengeti Plains" of the Tsavo River basin (modern-day Tsavo West National Park) down to Lake Jipe on the border with German East Africa (Tanzania), and later on hunted in the basin of Mukumba, Machakos and Athi Rivers southwest of Nairobi. The book contains detailed notes on the organization of the trip (lists of necessary supplies and guns, the necessary quantity of servants and guides), describes the travel on the Uganda Railroad to the Voi station; vividly depicts hunting, African landscapes and animals, Mombasa, Nairobi, Swahili villages, notes about the spread of the sleeping sickness near the shores of the Great African Lakes etc. The two maps outline the routes of the hunting party, marking their camps. The author, Vladislav Gorodetskii ( (1863-1930) was a notable Russian architect of Polish origin who became one of the most important contributors to the 19th-century architectural face of Kiev (Gorodetskii designed the House with Chimaeras, St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Karaite Kenesa, and the modern-day National Art Museum of Ukraine). In 1920 he immigrated to Poland and later on to Persia where he designed the Tehran railway station in 1928-29. The book is illustrated with the reproductions of Gorodetskii's photographs from the trip and numerous vignettes, headings and endings after his original drawings. His two travel companions were one "M. - a member of the Kiev Russian Society of Proper Hunting , and "R." - a member of the Kiev Branch of the Imperial Society of Proper Hunting" (V Dzhungliakh Afriki, p. 5). Overall a rare interesting account of a private Russian safari trip to Africa in the early 20th century. Only one paper copy found in Worldcat (Northwestern University, IL).
ROSTA WINDOWS]

ROSTA WINDOWS]

Zemenkov, B. Udarnoe iskusstvo okon satiry [i.e. Striking Art of Satirical Windows]. Moscow: Khudozhestvennoe izdatel'skoe aktsionernoe obshchestvo AKhR, 1930. 104 pp.: ill. 18x13 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Slightly bumped and chipped, signature on half-title, otherwise very good and clean copy. First and only edition. One of 5000 copies. Cover design by unknown artist features photomontage compositions of ROSTA 'Windows' with geometrical figures and lettering. A book caught a turning point when ROSTA Windows (1918- 1922) were re-evaluated by the public. After seven years of silence and almost oblivion, critics started to discuss these agitational posters again, the articles on them appeared in the press and exhibitions were held in state galleries. An author, constructivist artist Boris Zemenkov deeply appreciated their informational content, methods of widespread propaganda and a different approach to each work. The author considered them not posters but rather newspapers. He wrote: "Some of them so relevant that I don't understand why they are at museums instead of being on streets". Zemenkov divided the work into chapters 'Participation in the Civil War', 'At Struggle for Production', 'At Struggle for Province', 'To a New Way of Life', overviewing how these common topics were embodied by artists. The book includes reproductions of posters of M. Cheremnykh, V. Mayakovsky, V. Lebedev, I. Malyutin, A. Niurenberg and others. Worldcat locates copies in Princeton, Yale, Drew Universities and Harvard College.
PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EXPEDITION INTO THE INTERIOR OF NORTHERN ALASKA] Peshekhodnaya Opis Chasti Russkikh Vladeniy v Amerike

PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EXPEDITION INTO THE INTERIOR OF NORTHERN ALASKA] Peshekhodnaya Opis Chasti Russkikh Vladeniy v Amerike, Proizvedennaya Leytenantom Zagoskinym v 1842, 1843 i 1844 Godakh. S Merkatorskoyu Kartoyu Gravirovannoyu na Medi [i.e. Exploration on Foot of Part of the Russian Possessions in Alaska. Accomplished by Lieutenant L. Zagoskin in 1842, 1843, and 1844. With a Copper Engraved Map on Mercator’s Projection]

Zagoskin, Lavrenty Alexeyevich St. Petersburg: Typ. of Karl Kray, 1847-1848. First edition. 23x15,5 cm. Two vols. bound together. [2 - t.p.], 182, [2]; [2 - t.p.], 120, [2], 43 pp. With a large folding copper engraved map bound at rear. Period half leather with papered boards. Front free endpaper with an ink presentation inscription: "To Edouard Leontievich Blaschke from a colleague and the author. As a sign of memory and sincere respect. Bought by me from ?" Ink stamp of the private library of Ivan Nikiforovich Mikhailov under the presentation inscription. Owner's pencil notes and markings in text. Hinges with small cracks, paper age toned, map with a tear neatly repaired, otherwise a very good copy of this rare book. Rare Russian imprint with only eight copies found in Worldcat. This copy bears the author's presentation inscription to "his colleague" Eduard Blaschke (1810-1878), Russian doctor of German origin who worked for the Russian American Company in 1835-40 and was known for campaigns to vaccinate the native population against measles. In 1842 Blaschke published in Saint Petersburg a Latin-language "Dissertatio inauguralis sistens topographiam medicam portus Novi-Archangelscensis, sedis principalis coloniarum rossicarum in septentrionali America" ("Medical Topography of the New Archangel port.") where above all he described the nature and population around Sitka. The ink library stamp under Zagoskin's presentation inscription belongs to a Russian cartographer Ivan Mikhailov, Professor of Saint Petersburg Orphan's Institute of Emperor Nikolas I, and a state councilor (since 1892). "Lieutenant Zagoskin's expedition was to make an inland exploration of the northern territory of Alaska and to survey the Kvikhpak (Yukon) and Kuskokvim rivers and the region encompassed by them. Zagoskin kept a diary which forms the basis of his work. He described in detail the Russian trading posts visited and the topography of the surroundings of Norton Sound. He also gave a good account of the life and customs of the Eskimo and the Indian inhabitants and much other important first-hand information secured during the expedition's 18 ½ months of travel, during which about 5,000 versts (some 3,000 miles) were covered on foot and in leather baidars - a truly remarkable achievement" (Lada-Mocarski 130). "The map must be one of the first, if not the first, printed map of the interior of Alaska along the lower course of the Yukon and between the Yukon and what is now Nome. Zagoskin's explorations were confined chiefly to the middle course of the Kuslokwim and the lower course and northern tributaries of the Yukon" (Streeter 3521). Zagoskin (1808-1890) was on service of the Russian-American Company since 1838. In 1824-44 he headed the exploratory expedition to the surrounding of the Norton and Kotzebue Sounds, during which he discovered the mountain range separating the Yukon River from the eastern shore of the Norton Sound, surveyed the basins of the local rivers, found previously unknown Aleut settlement (modern Holy Cross in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska), compiled the first map of the area, and collected numerous zoological, botanical, mineralogical and ethnographical items. For his achievements, he was elected a member of the Russian Geographical Society which published excerpts from his travel diary in its "Proceedings" (1846 and 1847). This first full edition of Zagoskin's travel account was published in two volumes in 1847-1848 and is accompanied with a large folding map outlining the route of his expedition. This edition received the Demidov Award of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1849). Arctic Bibliography 19781; Bancroft pp. 553-54; Wickersham 5904.
BERING AND BERCKHAN'S LETTERS]

BERING AND BERCKHAN’S LETTERS]

Two Extremely Rare and Historically Important Original Autographed Letters Signed from the Great Northern Expedition (1733-1743), the First by the Expedition Leader and European Discoverer of Alaska, Vitus Bering (17 April 1741), and Second by the Expedition's Artist Johann Christian Berckhan (23 April 1741). Each letter is housed into a custom-made folder, and both folders laid into a brown full morocco clamshell box bound in a Russian style of the period, richly decorated with gilt tooled ornaments on the boards and the spine; with two gilt lettered light-brown morocco title labels on the spine. Both letters bear the secretary's notes "Zapisano v knigy" ["Written down to the book"] on the left margins which most likely reflects the fact that they had been copied or registered in official correspondence books of the administrative office in the Bolsheretsky ostrog. Extremely rare original manuscripts from the Great Northern or Second Kamchatka Expedition (1733-1743) - an outstanding Russian Expedition of exploration in the Arctic, North Pacific and Alaska inspired by Peter the Great and fully funded by the Russian government, which involved seven independent parties and about 3000 people, and became one of the largest exploratory missions in history. The main goals of the expedition were to confirm that Asia and America were separated with a strait in the North Pacific, to discover and map the Northern Sea Route or Northeast Passage around the Siberian Arctic coast, to find the northern sea route to Japan, to explore and describe natural resources and people of Eastern Siberia and secure its attachment to the Russian Empire. The expedition was put under the general command of a Danish explorer in Russian service Vitus Bering, a leader of the recently completed First Kamchatka Expedition (1725- 1727) which had mapped the coasts of Kamchatka and north-eastern Siberia, but hadn't sighted the American coast and thus couldn't confirm that the continents didn't connect in the far north. The "maritime party" of two vessels "St. Peter" and "St. Paul" under command of Bering himself and naval Lieutenant Alexey Chirikov (1703-1748) explored the North Pacific and became the European discoverers of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. "St. Peter" and "St. Paul" left the newly founded ports of Petropavlovsk in Kamchatka on June 4, 1741 and sailed eastward. After the ships had been separated by a fog, they independently reached Alaska, Bering sighted and named Mount St. Elias in the Gulf of Alaska and discovering several islands off the southwestern coast of the Alaskan peninsula, including Kayak and Kodiak Islands, and several islands of the Aleutian group (Shumagin Islands and others). "St. Peter's" doctor and naturalist Georg Steller (closely connected with the authors of both letters - (V. Bering and J. Berckhan) became the first European to step on Alaskan soil when the party landed on the Kayak Island on July 21, 1741. On the way back to Kamchatka "St. Peter" wrecked off the coast of an uninhabited island in what will be later known as the Commander Group, and being forced to winter there, the crew lost to scurvy 29 of its members, including Bering himself who died on December 8, 1741. In the spring of 1742 the rest of the crew, including Steller, managed to build a smaller vessel and sailed to Kamchatka, reaching Petropavlovsk in August 1742. The first letter written in a secretarial hand and signed by Vitus Bering is an amazing survival shedding light onto the last stage of the expedition shortly before Bering's departure on the fateful voyage from which he would never come back from. The letter was written in the Petropavlovsky ostrog - the new Russian fort in the Avacha Bay (Eastern Kamchatka) which had been founded by Bering half a year earlier - on October 6, 1740. Dated less than two months before Bering's departure to America on June 4, the letter is in fact one of the last documents signed by him and becomes one of the few known documents authored by Bering so close to his tragic death on an uninhabited island in the North Pacific on December 8, which was later named in his honour. The letter signed by artist Johann Christian Berckhan is closely related to the so-called "Academic Party" of the Great Northern Expedition and one of its most prominent members Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709-1746). Led by the Professors of St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences Gerhard Friedrich Müller (1705-1783), Johann Georg Gmelin (1709-1755) and Louis De l'Isle de la Croyere (1690-1741), the party strived to produce a comprehensive description of the geography, history, biology, botany and ethnography of Siberia and Kamchatka. The "Academic Party" in fact carried out the first scientific expedition to Russia and surveyed vast territories of Siberia from the Ural River to Lake Baikal and Irkutsk, and from Lena River and Yakutsk to Transbaikalia. Johann Christian Berckhan was attached to the "Academic Party" as an artist and draughtsman and produced a series of perspective views of Russian cities and prominent sites, many - for the first time (Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Tobolsk, ruins of a Kalmyk settlement near Semipalatinsk, Tomsk, and others), and hundreds of botanical and zoological drawings, portraits and costumes of indigenous people. Several of his botanical drawings (including a view of a rhododendron branch) were later used illustrations in Gmelin's "Flora Sibirica" (SPb., 1746, Tab. LIV). In early March 1739 Berckhan was attached to the new member of the "Academic Party" - German doctor and naturalist Georg Steller who had joined the scientists in Yeniseysk in December 1738 and was dispatched with a scientific mission to Kamchatka. Steller, Berckhan and their assistants arrived in the Bolsheretsky ostrog in Kamchatka on September 27, 1740 and wintered there, studying Kamchadals and Koryaks together with another member of the "Academic Party" Stepan Krasheninnikov (1711-1755). In early 1741 Steller was invit
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CARIBBEAN: FROM NIZHNY NOVGOROD TO PUERTO RICO] Neshchastnye priklyucheniya Vasilya Baranshchikova, meshchanina Nizhnyego Novgoroda v tryokh chastyakh svyeta: v Amerike, Azii i Yevrope s 1780 po 1787 god [i.e. Unfortunate Adventures of Vasily Baranshchikov, a Burgess from Nizhny Novgorod, in Three Parts of the World: America, Asia, and Europe, from 1780 to 1787]

Baranshchikov, V.Y. 72 pp. 18x11,5 cm. Contemporary light brown half leather with marbled boards and a colour stamped title label on the spine. Bookplate of Sergey Sobolewsky on the front paste down endpaper, paper label with a pencil note by a Soviet bibliophile on the front free endpaper, paper label of Vasily Klochkov's bookstore and a stamp of a Soviet bookshop on the rear pastedown endpaper. Very good. Corners slightly bumped, paper slightly age toned. First edition. Extremely rare. Interesting original travel account by the first Russian to cross the Atlantic and visit the Caribbean Islands. A merchant from Nizhny Novgorod, Vasily Baranshchikov (1756-early 19th century) went to a trade fair and lost considerable amount of money lent by fellow tradesmen. In an attempt to escape he went to Saint Petersburg and became a sailor on a ship bound for Copenhagen. There he was kidnapped and sold to a slave ship which brought him to Saint Thomas Island (then in Danish West India, now a part of the American Virgin Islands). There Baranshchikov served for two months in a Danish military garrison and was then sold as a household servant to a Spanish ''General'' in Puerto Rico. After a year of service Baranshchikov was released and went to Venice as a sailor on an Italian ship; near the Barbary coast the ship was captured by pirates and the traveler was sold into slavery to the Palestine. Baranshchikov was forcibly converted into Islam, eventually brought to Constantinople and married a Turkish woman. In 1785 he escaped to Russia via Bulgaria, Moldavia and Poland, returning to Nizhny Novgorod a year later. On request of his creditors he was put in debt prison, but released with the help of the local bishop. Baranshchikov went to Saint Petersburg and was received by Catherine II and representatives of Saint Petersburg high society. The Empress recommended him to write an account of his travels, which was first published in 1787. All author's fees went for the payment of his debts. The book contains lots of interesting details of everyday life in St. Thomas Island and Puerto Rico (like outfits and salaries of Danish soldiers, ceremony of taking military oath, descriptions of banana plants, coconuts, sugar cane, and coffee), description of Jerusalem and Constantinople, Baranshchikov's service as a Janissary in Turkey, and others. Printed during the Russo-Turkish war of 1787-91, the book became a bestseller and was published four times in the 18th century, all subsequent editions have a slightly edited finale and the ''Supplement, containing the description of Tsargrad [Constantinople] and Turkish spiritual, military and civil authorities''. The text of the first edition finishes with a complaint about Baranshchikov's bankruptcy and life in ''uttermost poverty'' after his return home; all subsequent editions have that part replaced with a praise to the generosity of ''many honorable people of Saint Petersburg'', who ''graciously relieved him from destitution'', the list of the ''honorable people'' includes over twenty names of the members of Russian high society, i.e. State Chancellor Count Alexander Vorontsov, first Russian Minister of Education Ivan Shuvalov, President of the Imperial Academy of Arts Ivan Betskoy, Baron Alexander Stroganov, and others. Our copy bears an armorial bookplate of Sergey Sobolevsky (1803-1870), a noted Russian bibliophile, bibliographer and poet of the Golden Age of Russian Poetry. He was a friend of Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Adam Mickiewicz, Prosper Mérimée and many other European writers. Sobolevsky's library contained over 25,000 volumes, with the departments of geography and travels, Russian history, and bibliography and books on books. After his death, a part of the library was bought by the British Museum and Leipzig University, the rest was sold at auctions by Leipzig booksellers; the archive was bought by count Sergey Sheremetev and is now deposited in the Russian state collections. A note on the piece of paper attached to the first free endpaper was written by a Soviet bibliophile and reads: ''In the catalogue of ''Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga'' No. 21 from 1933 it is said: First edition of this book has never been registered and it is unclear whether it exists'' (Annotation #213). This copy is from the library of Sobolevsky and is the first, unknown edition. P.S. It is mentioned in Smirnov-Sokolsky's, vol. 1, p. 195'' (Smirnov-Sokolsky, Moya Biblioteka. M., 1969). The book also has a paper label of the bookshop of a famous Saint Petersburg antique book dealer Vasily Klochkov (1861-1915). Svodny Katalog 4575. No paper copies of this first edition found in Worldcat. There are only two copies of the second edition (Harvard, NYPL), and two copies of the fourth edition (Columbia University, State Library of Berlin).
SUBURB FOR THE SOVIET WRITERS] Peredelkinskie foto [i.e. Peredelkino Photos]

SUBURB FOR THE SOVIET WRITERS] Peredelkinskie foto [i.e. Peredelkino Photos]

Moscow, 1958. Handmade photo album. 27 photographs and 1 newspaper clipping are mounted on 8 leaves, 3 photographs are loosely inserted. Handwritten lettering on the front cover and captions. 20,5?29 cm. Some tears of the spine and edges, otherwise very good. Some photographs signed by Korney Chukovsky, Agniia Barto, Lev Kassil, Leonid Grossman, Stepan Shchipachev. This is remarkable evidence of the time when the Soviet literature had a settlement. The album shows a place of residences of the Soviet writers, poets and critics located in Moscow suburb Peredelkino since 1933. The village quickly turned from a cluster of cottages into the unofficial capital of the Soviet cultural life. In different periods, Boris Pasternak, Korney Chukovsky, Ilia Ilf and Evgeny Petrov, Bulat Okudzhava, Bella Akhmadulina, Evgeny Evtushenko and many others lived there. Later some actors joined them, for example, Nikolai Okhlopkov. "An inseparable part of Peredelkino landscape" was the children's writer Chukovsky because he lived there all year round, built the local children's library at his own expense and held different events for the young readers. The first photographs of the album are evidence of this. Among photographs are pictures of him with actress Ksenia Kuprina (Kissa Kouprine) who came back to Russia in 1958. Also, photographs of Leonid Grossman, Tatyana Tess, Yury Olesha, Stepan Shchipachev, Leonid Sobolev, Ivan Rakhillo, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Alexander Stein, Agniia Barto and Lev Kassil are included.
THE FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE EXPEDITION TO MKINVARTSVERI] Sakartvelos geograpiuli sazogadoebis mtasvla-mgzavrosnobis ganq'opilebis eksp'editsiis mq'invarts'verze asvla shemodgomit 1927 ts'lis 9 noembers [i.e. November 9

THE FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE EXPEDITION TO MKINVARTSVERI] Sakartvelos geograpiuli sazogadoebis mtasvla-mgzavrosnobis ganq’opilebis eksp’editsiis mq’invarts’verze asvla shemodgomit 1927 ts’lis 9 noembers [i.e. November 9, 1927 Autumn Climb to Mkinvartsveri by the Expedition of the Tourist Department of the Geographical Society of the Georgian SSR]

Aslanishvili, I. Tbilisi: Sakartvelos geograpiuli sazogadoeba, 1928. 65pp.: ill. 16.7x24.6cm. Loss of the front wrapper and the spine, tears of the rear wrapper, previous owner's inscription on the foretitle: "To our little Vaniko from the aunt Nutsa. 2/III/1929". Good. Extremely scarce first edition. One of 1000 copies. The narrative is in Georgian, Russian and French. A captivating firsthand account of the 10th expedition to the third-highest peak in Georgia, Mkinvarstveri (mount Kazbegi), written by the member of the expedition and noted Georgian alpinist, Ioseb Aslanishvili (1891-1955). Photographs by the members of the crew, Archil Benashvili and Valentin Tulashvili. On November 7, 1927 a crew from the Tourist Department of the Geographical Society of the Georgian SSR began an autumn expedition to the mount Kazbegi. It was primarily to collect data from the meteorological booth that was set on the summit of Mkinvartsveri by the Georgian physicist and geologist Alexander Didebulidze (1882-1951) in 1925. The expedition comprised 7 members (Simon Japaridze, Ioseb Aslanishvili, Devi Mikeladze, Archil Benashvili, Valentin Tulashvili, Shota Mikeladze, Andria Kovalkov), 3 conductors (Gakha Tsiklauri, Iagor Kazalikashvili, Mikheil Zagashvili) and 10 porters (Ilar Tsiklauri, Vaso Khaikashvili, Stepane Tsiklauri, Nikala Tsiklauri, Vaso Tsiklauri, Grisha Tsiklauri, Abrama Qushashvili, Grisha Alibegashvili, Iagor Khaikashvili, Vaso Chofikashvili) and was led by the initiator of the journey and one of the founders of Georgian alpinism, Simon Japaridze (1896-1929). By the time of the expedition, Japaridze had already climbed Mkinvartsveri 4 times (the first one in 1924). The crew took "the safest and most comfortable" (I. Aslanishvili) route through a col on the north side of the mountain, which was discovered by Japaridze during his previous ascent on the mountain earlier in 1927. On November 9, 11 members of the expedition reached the place of the final destination (Valentin Tulashvili reverted because of the mountain sickness, he was accompanied by 4 porters; other 4 porters had return to carry the load). The expedition went down in history of Georgian alpinism as the first ascension on Mkinvartsveri in the late fall and was celebrated for its success in recording meteorological data on the altitude of 5038 meters. From planning to the personal impressions of the author, this firsthand account comprises details on the lesser-known aspects of the journey. The edition is illustrated throughout and features 25 rare photographs of the members of the crew and views from different stages of the expedition. The text includes tables giving information on the crew (members, previous expeditions, dates, occupation, age, position in the 1927 ascension) and breaks taken during the expedition with the indication of the altitude and time. The book also comprises a report of the assembly of the expedition members that was held on November 10, 1927 in Stepantsminda. The leader of the crew, Simon Japaridze tragically died in the expedition to Tetnuld, only a year after this book was published.
MANIFESTO FOR COLLECTIVE LIFE] Novyi byt

MANIFESTO FOR COLLECTIVE LIFE] Novyi byt, novaia sem’ia (sem’ia, liubov’, brak, prostitutsiia) [i.e. New Lifestyle, New Family (Family, Love, Marriage, Prostitution)]

Shchekin, M. 56 pp. 18,5x14 cm. In original printed wrappers. Pale water stains on front cover and upper margin of first leaves, otherwise very good and clean internally. First edition. One of 3000 copies. This is a curious provincial edition promoting collective dwelling and behavior. It was much more than anti-capitalist propaganda, this small, nondescript book became a tribune for socialist dreams. The author, Mikhail Shchekin had written a range of books on the new lifestyle and sexual health issues - and his editions were banned (probably for Trotskyism). This work drew attention to the front of the daily routine and changes the Soviet people needed to implement. Shchekin suggested the kitchen factories and nurseries, as well as a new type of houses: one-floor, with windows and doors on the roofs, that would be cobuild in a long tape for economical purposes and would contain an abundance of plants. In his plans, these buildings and general human nudity will discourage undesirable diseases because society will be under control. The marriage will be out-of-use and relationships will be free of any restrictions until the people are healthy. Actually, he proposed to regulate an opportunity of any individual to have sexual relations in the socialist community. The scientific organization of labor and the workers' clubs were included as the main components of the new life. Shchekin's manifesto for the collective life was based on the statement that "propaganda should gradually become the brain of mankind, dictating tendencies, desires and interests". That was his reason to deny the contemporary art (in the state it existed) and hope for the printed word. In particular, he wrote about a phonograph that could automatically print all spoken words and might change the publishing business. Worldcat doesn't track this edition.
ARCHITECTURE OF MOSCOW ARTERIES] Naberezhnye Moskvy. Arkhitektura i konstruktsiya [i.e. Moscow River Fronts. Architecture and Constructions] / P. Gol'denberg

ARCHITECTURE OF MOSCOW ARTERIES] Naberezhnye Moskvy. Arkhitektura i konstruktsiya [i.e. Moscow River Fronts. Architecture and Constructions] / P. Gol’denberg, L. Aksel’rod

256 pp.: ill, 4 ills. 25,5x18 cm. In original illustrated cardboards. Rubbed, ink signature on t.p., otherwise very good and clean internally. First and only edition. One of 2000 copies. Very rare. An interesting and comprehensive study on the architecture of a river system related to the Stalinist plan of Moscow reconstruction.Due to population growth, drinking and industrial water were getting scarce in the early 1930s. The problem was solved in 1933-1937 by constructing of Moscow Canal (named Moscow-Volga Canal until 1947) that connected the city with three seas and started the river redevelopment program. The reconstruction continued inside the city. The Moscow river flow was artificially straightened and reduced by 5 times; there were plans to shorten the river in the city from 40.15 km to 11.95 km. Moscow and Yauza rivers, as well as canals, required new riverbank designs for recreational and industrial needs. An architect Pavel Gol'denberg and an engineer Lev Aksel'rod overview and criticize structures used in Moscow waterways, including locks, bridges, waterfront stairs and piers as well as the design of embankments and doabs. They also provided information about flood protection and sewer tunnel construction. The book features riverbank redevelopment projects, photographs and the folding schemes of implemented designs. The interesting picture shows the projection of the Palace of Soviets on surfaces of Moscow river and the Vodootvodny canal. All technical drawings were produced by graphic artist O. Startseva, except for some panoramas created by an architect E. Iur'ev. Worldcat shows copies in Minnesota and Ohio Universities.
SOVIET FLORICULTURE IN THE 1940S] Tsvety v gorode [i.e. Flowers in the City]

SOVIET FLORICULTURE IN THE 1940S] Tsvety v gorode [i.e. Flowers in the City]

Bazilevskaya N.A. [Moscow]: Gos. arkhitekturnoye izd-vo, 1947. 104pp.: ill. 20.7x16.7cm. In original publisher's cardboards. Slightly bumped, Soviet bookshop's stamp on the rear board and its recto. Otherwise a very good clean copy. Scarce. First edition. An interesting guide dedicated to the Soviet floriculture of the 1940s written by the famous Russian botanist, member of the Soviet Botanist Association and student of the noted agronomist Nikolai Vavilov, Nina Bazilevskaya (1902-1977). This book provides a detailed information on the proper disposition of flowers in different urban areas: streets, garden squares, yards, parks, boulevards, private landholdings and territories of industrial enterprises. The edition consists of three sections: Utilization of flowers in city greening; Flowers' assortment for the city decoration; and Techniques of flower planting and care. "Creating a flowerbed and a parterre of flowers is a form of art which combines artistic taste and practical knowledge", - states the author in the first chapter of the book and shares her thoughts about the effective flower arrangement and combination techniques (in accordance to colors, bloom seasons, etc.). Bazilevskaya also gives recommendations on how to achieve 4 seasons of colorful flowers, which plants should be used to decorate specific places, how to reduce expenses on floriculture without a decrease in quality, proper assortment of pot plants in different room temperatures, peculiarities of cut flowers, which elements of urban areas can be adorned with flowers, etc. The second chapter of the book features 5 tables: Perennial flowers; Annual Flowers; Cut Flowers - Perennials; Cut Flowers - Annuals; Immortelle. The tables provide information on the specimen flowers of each type, indicating their height, bloom seasons, color palette, places of utilization (for perennial and annual flowers), water resistance (for cut flowers), cutting time (for immortelles), and notes about their qualities and nature. In the third and final section of the edition the author elaborates upon the techniques of flower planting and soil preparation/enrichment methods. Interestingly, the chapter features a table defining rules of mixing fertilizer materials, a work schedule for florists, and sowing dates of annuals. The book features numerous black-and-white photographs depicting flowers and places of their utilization in Moscow (a parterre in front of the Red Army Theatre, a boulevard on Leningradskoye Highway, a garden square near red gates, a parterre in the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Rest, etc.). No copies according to the Worldcat.
ODESSA AVANT-GARDE STAGE] Odes'kii Derzhavnii teatr opery ta baletu: Sezon 1929-30 roku [i.e. Odessa State Theater of Opera and Ballet: Season 1929-1930]

ODESSA AVANT-GARDE STAGE] Odes’kii Derzhavnii teatr opery ta baletu: Sezon 1929-30 roku [i.e. Odessa State Theater of Opera and Ballet: Season 1929-1930]

Odessa: DOTOB, 1929. 64 pp.: ill., 2 folding charts, one of them loosely inserted. In original wrappers with constructivist design. In very good condition. Covers slightly restored, a couple of colored pencil marks on photographs, otherwise very good condition. Both covers were designed in the constructivist style. The front one shows the montage consisting of the theater building, people's march, notes, hammer and sickle, a toothed wheel above it and letterpress design of DOTOB (an abbreviation of Odessa State Theater of Opera and Ballet). The composition was drawn by Ukrainian artist G.S. Gural'nik. The back cover was decorated with the theater's logo. This interesting and richly illustrated edition features avantgarde performances staged at this theater in 1929-1930. Among them were plays designed by Anatol Petrytskii (1895-1964), one of the key figures of Ukrainian theatre design who also worked on posters and books. Petrytskii was involved in experiments of Murashko and Exter, studied under Drevin and Konchalovsky at VKhUTEMAS. He took part in kverofuturist projects initiated by poet Mykhaylo Semenko, joined societies 'Flamingo' (1919-1921) and 'New generation' (1927-1930). Full of innovative ideas, Petrytskii formed the national art within the new stream. Apart from him, the theater attracted well-known theatrical artists Vladimir Muller, Mikhail Kurilko as well as G. Pavlovich, I. Nazarov and M. Pokrovsky. With their art, the constructivist theater still triumphed in Odessa at that time. The book contains photographs of productions 'Taras Bulba' and 'Igor of Kiev' (designed by Petrytskii), 'Duma of Black Sea' by Muller, 'The Golden Cockerel', 'Break-up' and 'Othello' (designed by Pavlovich), 'Turandot' (designed by Kurilko), 'The Red Poppy' (designed by M. Pokrovsky), and others. The photographs of actors and two folding charts of the hall are included as well. After the theatre was burnt in a fire in 1925, it truly revived and found the strength to press on at top performance. No copies located in the Worldcat.
BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION DURING A WAR] Vosstanovleniye mostov [i.e. Bridge Reconstruction]

BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION DURING A WAR] Vosstanovleniye mostov [i.e. Bridge Reconstruction]

Gastev, V. Moscow, Leningrad: Gostransizdat, 1932. 272pp., 3 schemes: ill. 25.2x17.8cm. In original illustrated publisher's cardboards. Loose, horizontal crease on the front cardboard, edges are slightly worn. In good condition. Scarce. First edition. Written by the Soviet scientist in the field of building structures, Vladimir Gastev (1891-1974), this is one of the first Soviet books dedicated to the reconstruction of bridges as a crucial element of successful communication during the warfare. The manual describes architectural peculiarities of the bridge reconstruction process and elaborates upon the different components of the renovation procedure. While the author primarily focuses on the short-term reconstruction of the war-damaged bridges, he also provides instructions on the substantial rehabilitation of tunnels and bridges. From cleaning up destroyed parts of the sites to the proper arrangement of the props, the book expands on such topics as: various means, types and elements of short-term reconstruction (crib piers, gabions, etc.), estimate time frames of work completion, sea crossing (ferry/ice crossing), span lifting, temporary pipes, demolition and reconstruction of tunnels, necessary equipment, methods of substantial rehabilitation of props and spans, etc. The last section of the book is dedicated to the preliminary and on-site organization of bridge reconstruction. Importantly, every chapter of the edition is accompanied by explanatory plans and multiple rare photographs depicting demolition of viaducts and bridges during the World War I and various stages of bridge/overpass rehabilitation process, as well as calculations and tables that define a number of materials and working force needed for the construction of crib piers, data on the various types of rails, pile hammers, and pile drivers, sizes of logs for triangular and trapezoid pipes, work graphics, etc. The edition also includes 3 folded schemes of the old and new ferries to cross the Desna river.
LEFTIST EPIC POEM ABOUT RUSSIAN ANARCHISTS] Ulialaevshchina: Epopeia [i.e. Ulialaev Adventure: Epopée]

LEFTIST EPIC POEM ABOUT RUSSIAN ANARCHISTS] Ulialaevshchina: Epopeia [i.e. Ulialaev Adventure: Epopée]

Sel'vinskii, I. Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, 1930. 160 pp. 18,5x12,5 cm. In original cloth with colored lettering on front cover and spine, with original dust jacket with letterpress design by unknown artist. Dust jacket occasionally repaired, with tears and small losses of edges, but book is in fine condition. Second, revised and enlarged edition. One of 3000 copies. Very rare. Dust jacket displays an expressive, 'dancing' design of the title consisting of black and white letters printed on the red background. This is the only constructivist design produced for 'Ulialaevshchina' editions. This is the early version of the most successful epic poem by constructivist poet Il'ia Sel'vinskii (1899-1968). The text was first published in 1927. Initially, the author wrote about the fortunes of a kulak Ulialaev who was defeated by the Red Army during an anarchist kulaks' rebellion. And this character was described more expressive than the Communists. In the late 1920s, this leftist poem was performed by the popular chansonnier and comic actor Mikhail Savoyarov, reciting the text in the costume and aesthetics of the 'Blue Blouse' theater. In 1956, Sel'vinskii had rewritten the text and its main character became Lenin. MoMA 920. Blium 'Prohibited books of Russian writers and literary scholars 1917-1991' #424. Worldcat shows the only copies in University of California.
HOW TO DESIGN A BOOK] Osnovy oformleniya sovetskoy knigi [i.e. Basics of the Soviet Book Design]

HOW TO DESIGN A BOOK] Osnovy oformleniya sovetskoy knigi [i.e. Basics of the Soviet Book Design]

Istrin, V., Pakhomov, V., Nazarov, A. 502 pp., 3 tables: ill. 26.6x18.1cm. In original publisher's cloth with lettering on the front cover and spine. Dust-wrapper. Fine. First edition. Scarce. One of the most comprehensive Soviet editions to meticulously analyze and interpret peculiarities of book design and technical editing. Written by a collective of 15 authors, the book consists of 3 sections: Elements and means of book design; Design features of various types of publications; Methodology of artistic and technical editing. The first chapter offers a detailed examination of the most important elements in book structure: ornaments, illustrations, fonts, headpieces, tables, etc. The authors pay particular attention to the proper ways of the image arrangement and offer multiple examples of the successful disposition of illustrations from the Soviet practice. The narrative is grounded on the concept of the indissoluble link between book design, technical editing and content of the edition. Consequently, analysis of each and every element of the book design presented in this work puts the type of edition as its starting point. The second chapter of the book expands on the design features of specific editions: Scientific publications, Textbooks, Fiction, Editions compiled by the founders of the Marxism-Leninism, Editions for Children, Guidebooks, Directories, Editions on Art and Architecture, etc. The authors differentiate book design techniques for each of the aforementioned publications and provide contrasting guidelines on the choice of fonts, illustrations, format, etc. The final chapter elaborates on the technical and artistic editing of the book and features information on various stages of the process: layout of the edition, work with artist, control of the publishing process, galley proof, etc. In the edition, the authors reject constructivist and futurist practices in the Soviet experience, christening them as "the ridiculous grimacing" for the use of photomontages/experiments with fonts and offer reference on the design of proletarian editions alone. The book features numerous illustrations depicting principles of book design in practice and includes 3 folding plans of standard book formats/margins and the most typical letters of typefaces. This work was prepared by the print design laboratory of the All-Union Scientific Research Institute of the Printing Industry and Technology of the Glavpolygraphprom of the USSR Ministry of Culture with the involvement of specialists in the theory and practice of book design - scientists, teachers of relevant educational disciplines and practitioners from central publishing houses: A.I. Nazarov, V.V. Pakhomov, V.A. Istrin, A.G. Shitsgal, N.YA. Karavanskiy, A.A. Sidorov, B.D. Il'inskiy, B.M. Kisin, G.A. Vinogradov, G.K. Pismannik, B.M. Kisin, B.I. Brodskiy, I.F. Bel'chikov, V.A. Markus, B.A. Somorov.