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"Pushinka" i dr. rasskazy [and other short stories]. Russkaia malen'kaia narodnaia biblioteka, no. 4 [Russian small popular library; series title]

Osokin, Vasilii [Plauen]: Izdatel'stvo Inostrannoi Literatury (Fremdsprachen-Verlag G.m.b.H.), [1944]. 12mo (14 × 10 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 64 pp. Rather worn; front and rear wrapper detached and separated; overall wear and creasing to text. First and only edition of this book of short stories by Vasilii Osokin, a lieutenant of the Russian Liberation Army (ROA) and the personal secretary of General A. Vlasov, about whom little is known. He appears to be the author of an early biography of Vlasov, first published in 1944 at the ROA Propaganda school in Dabendorf, near Berlin: "Andrei Andreevich Vlasov: kratkaia biografiia s prilozheniem Prazhskogo manifesta" (a short biography, supplemented with the text of the Prague Manifesto). The present book contains four short stories attributed to Osokin, all written in an entertaining manner, but set against the backdrop of a critical depiction of Soviet society, with its atmosphere of unfreedom and danger. The rear wrapper contains adverts for three newspapers and journals published by the Fremdsprachen-Verlag, including "Trud" and "Pahnia", aimed respectively at Russian workers in German factories and farms, as well as the illustrated propaganda journal "Na Dosuge" (Spare time). Like the book series, these periodicals were intended for the large community of Russian-speaking foreigners in the region, which included both voluntary collaborators and forced laborers from the East (Ostarbeiter), as well as for active members of the Russian Liberation Army forces and, presumably, prisoners of war.<br/><br/>The publisher was founded as a private enterprise in 1941, but was in reality a covert operation that was part of Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry and staffed with leading foreign collaborators of the Nazi regime. It published numerous periodicals for the occupied territories, such as the famous "Signal", as well as more specific propaganda leaflets, as needed. As the war went on, it became ever more pressing to influence foreign populations via propaganda, rather than forcibly deporting or repressing them, and thus the production increased after 1943, when the publisher moved to Plauen, near Chemnitz. At one time, the enterprise had 352 employees. Eventually, the publishing house was destroyed during Allied air raids in 1945.<br/><br/>See especially: Thomas Schiller, NS-Propaganda für den "Arbeitseinsatz" (1998).<br/><br/>Of great rarity. Not in Savine. As of November 2020, not in KVK, OCLC. Not held by the Russian State or National Library.
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Golod 1921 goda i tserkov' [The famine of 1921 and the church]

Kandidov, B[oris] P[avlovich]; Soiuz voinstvuiushchikh bezbozhnikov SSSR, Tsentral'nyi sovet (League of Militant Atheists) Moscow-Leningrad: Moskovskii rabochii, 1932. Octavo (22.5 × 14.7 cm). Original pictorial wrappers (not attributed); 92, [4] pp. Frequent underlining. Wear to spine extremities; still about good. First and only edition of this anti-religious work, published by the Central Committee of the "League of Militant Atheists" (Soiuz voinstvuiushchikh bezbozhnikov) a volunteer organization that served as the spearhead of Soviet anti-religious activism and was active from 1925. Early Soviet culture was rampant with anti-religious activism: the League held educational congresses and workshops at schools, factories, and in the countryside, and published periodicals such as "Bezbozhnik" and "Antireligioznik". Its activities also enabled the persecution and exile of clergy and religious communities by the Soviet government throughout the 1920s and 1930s. As James Von Geldern writes: "Among the most important tasks that the Bolsheviks set themselves upon coming to power in 1917 was to emancipate Soviet citizens from the scourge (or as Karl Marx put it, the "opiate") of religion. Along with the literacy campaign with which it was intimately connected, antireligious propaganda was a key component of the "cultural front" during the 1920s. A protracted affair, the struggle against religion was complicated by the difficulty of defining goals as much as working out how to achieve them" (Seventeen Moments in Soviet History: An on-line archive of primary sources).<br/><br/>Boris Kandidov (1902-1953) was a prominent atheist activist, who co-organized the Central Antireligious Museum in Moscow and was a prolific writer on the topic. His works dealt in particular with the role of the Church during the Revolution and the ensuing Civil War. In the present text, he outlines the reasons for and campaigns surrounding the decrete on the confiscation of Church property during the Civil War. One of his key pronouncements in the present work is that "Every church is a fortress of counter-revolution, every churchman is its agent and a spy!" <br/><br/>With a two-page list of the author's other published works at the rear.<br/><br/>As of November 2020, KVK and OCLC show only one copy in North America.
"Krasin" eitne iutkso. Erziaks sermadyze Z. Bodiazhina ["Krasin" in the Ice Fields. Translated into Erzya by Z. Bodiazhina]

"Krasin" eitne iutkso. Erziaks sermadyze Z. Bodiazhina ["Krasin" in the Ice Fields. Translated into Erzya by Z. Bodiazhina]

Mindlin, Em[ilii] Moscow: Tsentrizdat, 1932. Octavo (21 × 16.5 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers (not attributed); 32 pp. About very good. Rare translation by Z. Bodiazhina into the Erzya language of the book "Krasin vo l'dakh" by Emilii Mindlin (1900-1981), originally published in Russian. Erzya is the Finno-Ugric language of one of the two main ethnic groups of the Mordovians in Russia's Volga Region, which also includes the Mokshas. The present copy stems from the personal library of Emilii Mindlin, a writer who personally participated in the Krasin expedition of 1928, which led to the rescue of Umberto Nobile and his crew from the North Pole. <br/><br/>The book is noteworthy for the combination of illustrations with expressive typography, using fonts of different sizes and weights, as well as indentation. The unattributed wrapper design differs from the first Russian edition (1929), which was designed by A. Shcherbakov. It was also used for an Armenian edition by the same publisher. Evidently, the book was translated into numerous languages of the Soviet Union, including an edition in Abkhaz published in 1934. The present publisher, Tsentrizdat, or the Central Publishing House of the Peoples of the USSR, was active from 1924 until 1931 and published books and periodicals in a wide range of languages spoken in the Soviet Union's various republics and autonomous regions.<br/><br/>Not held by the Russian State or National Library. As of November 2020, KVK and OCLC only show the Russian original and a Yiddish translation, but not the present edition.
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Les Ruines de Paris, 1871, together with five views from "Insurrection de Paris, 1871."

Wulff, Jne Photograph album containing a list of plates followed by 20 mounted photographic prints of buildings or locations which were presumably damaged during the defeat of the Commune, including the Tuileries, the Hôtel de Ville, Rue de Rivoli, and the Palais Royal. Oblong folio, images approx. 14.5 x 21.5 cm. Original publisher's gilt-lettered rose coth, recently rebacked. Boards toned along extremities, some minor wear, very slight dampstain to table of contents, very sllght warping to last few plates from moisture. Paris (Wulff) n.d. (circa 1872). Together with: five views from Wulff's series "Insurrection de Paris, 1871", images mounted to blue-grey cardstock, several captioned below images, image size 21.5 x 15.5 cm.Stock slightly brittle, minor chipping and soiling. The 1871 Paris Commune marked a new era in the history of documentary photography. Previously, photographs were thought to be truthful "mirrors of reality". At this time, however, the Thiers government began to doctor photographs to show the alleged atrocities of the Communnards. Wulff was one of several photographers who was roaming the streets of Paris during the Bloody Week leading to the fall of the Paris Commune, taking photographs to later sell commercially as a part of what would come to be called "disaster tourism". At least one of Wulff's contemporaries, A. Liébert, was guilty of the afore-mentioned doctoring of photographs, although Wulff appears to have abstained in this practice.<br/>The five views from "Insurrection de Paris" included here depict: Bt. St. Martin, Rue Royale, and Temple S. Marie, along with two unlabeled views of Canal de la Villette, and a destroyed warehouse with a burned sign reading "Magasin General". <br/>The album is quite uncommon, especially in its complete state; as of November 2020, OCLC notes only one holding in a North American institution.
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Description accompagnée des plans, coupes et élévations de plusieurs édifices remarquables, construit depuis le commencement de ce siècle à Saint-Pétersbourg, et dans quelques gouvernements de l'Empire de Russie, sur les dessins de Thomas de Thomon…architecte de S.M.l'Empereur de Russie et Roi de Pologne…professeur d'architectur e à l'Académie Impériale des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Pétersbourg (etc)

Thomas de Thomon, (Jean-François) Rare volume documenting the principal architectural works executed in Russia and present-day Ukraine between the years 1802 and 1805 by the French architect J.F. Thomas de Thomon, including the Imperial (Bolshoi) Theatre in St. Petersburg, a neo-classical stock exchange building also in St. Petersburg, a theatre in Odessa, a triumphal column in Poltava to commemorate Peter the Great's victory against the Swedes in 1709, a government warehouse in St. Petersburg, and an ancient-style funerary temple on the grounds of the palace at Pavlovsk, each building represented with a few brief pages of text followed by elevations and ground plans, 14 engraved plates total. Text leaves and plates slightly browned, some marginal chipping, a larger area of loss to plate XIV which does not affect the image. 4to. New full morocco with gilt-lettered label to front cover, original front printed wrapper bound in. Chipping and losses to margins of original wrapper. Paris (H. Nicolle and Goeury) 1819. Thomas de Thomon originally had his architectural designs printed for him in St. Petersburg, in 1806 and 1809. However, as noted in the preface to this volume, he was seriously injured in a fall from scaffolding at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1811, and died two years later in 1813. His brother in France commssioned the publication of this volume reusing the engraved plates from Thomas de Thomon's own 1809 publication. These engravings were originally prepared when each of the buildings was under construction. The paper quality in this volume is also fairly poor, and it may be that the plates are reused sheets from the earlier Russian editions. Very scarce in both editions; as of November 2020, OCLC locates five copies of this work in North American institutions.
Biuletyn Informacyjny Powiatowego Wydziału Informacji i Propagandy w Kościanie [Information bulletin of the Kościan county department of Information and Propaganda]. Vol. I

Biuletyn Informacyjny Powiatowego Wydzia&#322;u Informacji i Propagandy w Ko&#347;cianie [Information bulletin of the Ko&#347;cian county department of Information and Propaganda]. Vol. I, nos. 23, 29, 34, 37, 41, 49, 50, 68

Bukowiecki, Leon, editor Ko&#347;cian: Powiatowy Wydzia&#322; Informacji i Propagandy, 1945. Quartos (30 × 21.5 cm). Original folded leaves, some single leaves, printed to rectos and versos; [2-4] pp. per issue. Printed on stock of varying color. Very good. Eight issues of this daily publication by the Red Army, distributed in the last two months of World War II, in April and May 1945, and printed in the village of Ko&#347;cian, near Pozna&#324;, in Western Poland. Ko&#347;cian was occupied by Germans in 1939, with many public executions carried out, including the mentally ill and elderly. The Red Army took over in January 1945.<br/><br/>The title harkens to a well known Polish underground resistance publication of Armia Krajowa (the Home Army), published November 1939-January 1945. The issues announce the progress of the Red Army and the Allied forces with articles titled "The American Army near Magdeburg!" and "Crossed the Danube into Vienna!" They document the daily progress of the Eastern front, with various conquests, arrests, surrenders, and executions. Edited by Leon Bukowiecki and Stefan Migdalewicz and printed under the auspices of the Ministry of Information and Propaganda.<br/><br/>Likely due to it being an organ of Red Army officers, the journal is not listed in Centralny katalog polskiej prasy konspiracyjnej 1939-1945.<br/><br/>As of October 2020, KVK and OCLC show no copies outside of Poland (where it only appears to be held at Pozna&#324;).
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Odes'kyi derzhavnyi teatr opery ta baletu. Sezon 1929-1930 roku. Rik isnuvannia chetvertyi [Odessa State Theatre of Opera and Ballet: season 1929-1930. Volume four]

Odessa: DOTOB, 1929. Oblong octavo (13 × 22 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers by H. S. Hural'nik; 64 pp. With two folding charts at the back. Light overall wear to wrappers; else about very good. Scarce documentation of the Odessa State Theatre and Ballet (DOTOB), which contains overviews and photographs showing avant-gardistic performances held throughout the year. Among the outstanding set designers whose work was featured by DOTOB were Anatol Petrytsky (1895-1964), a painter and graphic artist who was a key figure of the Ukrainian avant-garde, having co-founded the futurist group "New Generation" in 1927, after being part of "Flamingo" in 1919-1921. Other artists whose work is included are Vladimir Muller, Mikhail Kurilko, and others. The photographs show the productions of "Taras Bul'ba" and "Igor' of Kiev" (both designed by Petrytsky); "Turandot" (design by Muller), and several others. It also features photographs of several actors and two folding schemes showing the interior design and floor plan of the performance hall. With striking contructivist-inspired wrapper design and the theatre logo to rear wrapper, both by H. S. Hural'nik, about whom we cannot find any information, aside from several other references to work he did for DOTOB. Despite the indication of the fourth year of publication, we cannot trace this or any other years in libraries outside of Ukraine. As of April 2020, not in KVK, OCLC.
O fałszerzach historii [On the falsifiers of history]

O fa&#322;szerzach historii [On the falsifiers of history]

Radzieckie biuro informacyjne (Sovinformbiuro) Warsaw: Wydawnictwo "Prasa Wojskowa," 1948. Octavo (21 × 13 cm). Original blind wrappers with photomontage wrappers; 75, [1] pp. Six photographic plates. Light wear to the fragile dust wrapper edges; else about very good. First and only edition of this pamphlet, a translation of the Russian original, a text partly authored by Stalin that sought to rebut anti-communist accounts of the course of Polish defense during World War II. Specifically, it was a reaction to a pamphlet published by the US State Department, entitled Nazi-Soviet Relations, 1939-1941. Wrappers illustrated with a striking photomontage by Mieczys&#322;aw Berman, who also selected the six photographs reproduced within and was responsible for the overall graphic design. One of the most influential Polish designers of the twentieth century, Berman's early work was largely inspired by Dada and Constructivism. Under the influence of John Heartfield and the Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung (AIZ), he gradually turned to overtly political photomontage and created his famous anti-Nazi photomontage works. After the end of WWII, the country was increasingly under Soviet rule by proxy. Even though the Polish People's Republic was not created until 1952, the 1947 election marked the undisputed dominance of the communists. As of December 2019, KVK and OCLC show the copies at the National Library of Poland, UCL, National Library of Israel, Hirsch Library, and Stanford.
Memoria que Eleva a S.E. el Caudillo de España y su Gobierno la Dirección General de Prisiones. Décimosexto año

Memoria que Eleva a S.E. el Caudillo de España y su Gobierno la Dirección General de Prisiones. Décimosexto año

Ministerio de Justicia, Dirección General de Prisiones 237 pp. text on prison reform in mid-century Spain, divided into chapters with headings such as "Educación, Cultura y Arte", "Labor Religiosa", "Trabajos Exteriores", "Redención de Penas", "Libertad Condicional", and "Instituciones Especiaies", followed by an unpaginated (28 pp.) appendix titled "Estadistica Penitenciaria" of various tables and charts, documenting statistics such as number of prisoners, age of prisoners, and reasons for imprisonment. Illustrated profusely throughout with photographs and colorful charts. 4to. Original publisher's full brown gilt morocco with marbled endpapers, house in original cloth slipcase. A couple of very minor abrasions and scratches to leather, minor creasing wear along spine; some abrasions, minor paper loss, and wear along edges to slipcase. Alcala de Henares, Spain (Talleres Penitenciarios) 1954. Inscribed on one of flyleaves by the Inspector General of Spanish prisons to a Professor Hennings. A work of propaganda from the Franco government on the Spanish prison system, illustrated with photographs taken at various penitentiaries throughout Spain, depicting male prisoners hard at work, happy female prisoners, and the children of prisoners being well taken care-of. Scarce; as of November 2020, OCLC locates only two holdings in international institutions and none in the United States.
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Les Châteaux des Croisés en Terre-Sainte. I. Le Crac des Chevaliers: Etude Historique et Archéologique. II. La Défense du Royaume de Jérusalem: Etude Historique, Geographique et Monumentale. III. La Défense du Comté de Tripoli et de la Principauté d'Antioche: Etude Historique, Geographique, Toponymique et Monumentale

Deschamps, Paul Three volumes in six comprising a rare complete collection of the monumental work on the Crusader Castles in the Holy Lands, the first volume covering the history, architecture, and construction of the Syrian Crusader castle Crac des Chavaliers, the second volume on the history of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the construction of its fortresses and castles including Kerak, Toron, and Beaufort, the third volume on Crusaders' fortresses in what is now Lebanon, each volume comprised of a text volume (327, 267, and 422 pp., respectively) with notes, indices, and bibliographic material, accompanied by a portfolio-style album of maps, floor plans, and plates depicting views, elevations, photographs, and architectural details. Some minor foxing, some volumes ex-library copies with bookplates and stamps, overall very good. 4to. Text vols. I & II: blue cloth binding with gilt lettering to spine, original wrpps. bound in at back of volume; text vol. III grey cloth-backed boards. Plate albums: cloth-backed boards, tie-bound. Some scuffing to text volumes; some scuffing, darkening, and small stains to plate albums, wear to spine of album I, portfolio of album II professionally restored. Paris (Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner) 1934, 1939, and 1973. (Volume III from the series Institut Français d'Archéologie de Beyrouth, Bibliothèque Archéologique et Historique, 90.). Paul Deschamps was a noted medievalist French historian who took almost four decades to complete this work on the Crusader Castles, completing the final volume only a year before his death. These volumes provide an important archaeological, geographic, and historical reference for some of the most important Crusader castles and fortresses in present-day Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. Construction on these fortresses was mainly done in the 12th centuries, often on the site of previous habitations, with many changes taking place over the following centuries as possession of the castles changed hands. Deschamps, along with architect Francois Anus, was the first person to do an in-depth study and create accurate architectural plans of some of these castles. A very rare complete collection of all three volumes of this important work.