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Svetlyi chas. Izdrannye stikhi  [Shining Hour: Selected Poems], Balmont [Bal'mont], Konstantin Dmitrievich  ; [1867-1942]
1 Balmont [Bal'mont], Konstantin Dmitrievich ; [1867-1942] Svetlyi chas. Izdrannye stikhi [Shining Hour: Selected Poems]
Paris J. Povolozky & cie 1921 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 16mo 
Miniatiurnaia biblioteka ; no. 2; 69 & [3, index] pages; Publisher's tan wrappers, with vivid illustration in b/w, rules in black and red and bold lettering on the covers; the spine has the printed notation "No. 2" vertically -- [this small book was from Povolozky's important series of tiny Russian books -- Miniatiurnaia biblioteka ; no. 2]. An excellent copy, with the wrappers clean and unmarked, no marks or damage to the text (one tiny lower corner is turned up, but not torn or missing). Poems written early in the period of his emigration to Europe by the great Russian poet of the Silver Age, Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont. The poet's early productive years were mostly devoted to writing translations into Russian from a stunning variety of sources; Balmont mastered at least a dozen languages. After a failed attempt at suicide, Balmont was left with a persistent limp, but also with a new vigor and originality to devote to his own poetry. "Under the Northern Sky" and "Let Us Be Like the Sun" were quickly acclaimed as masterpieces of Symbolism. In these early years, Balmont had some radical sympathies and associations, but after 1917, he turned against the October Revolution. In 1919 and 1920, Balmont lived in Petrograd with his second wife, suffering appalling conditions and poverty which was not improved by having to support his first wife and child in Moscow. Somehow, Jurgis Baltrushaitis, then the head of Lithuanian diplomatic mission in Moscow, managed to press Russian officials to allow Balmont to leave the country. At the end of May, 1920, Balmont left Russia forever, settling with his family in Paris. He continued to write during these years, and this tiny and fragile book is one of the earliest of over twenty books published between 1920 and his death in France in 1942. Many of his fellow Russian emigre poets in Europe felt that his work during these years was not of the quality of the early works which made him famous. Vladimir Nabokov (S. Sirin) and Nina Berberova both expressed this judgement. Political considerations may have played a role in those opinions, as the anti-Bolshevik Russians in emigration were suspicious of the apparent ease with which he managed to leave Russia. Those more sympathetic to the Russian communists were influenced by attacks on Balmont in the Bolshevik press, in which he was accused of 'treacherousness' -- ["having been sent to the West on a mission to collect common people's revolutionary poetry abused the trust of the Soviet government."] Balmont found much to dislike in both the east and the west, and expressed these opinions quite forcefully. It did not help his cause that from about 1930 on, he appears to have slipped into mental illness. Modern critics tend to have more sympathy with Balmont's emigre work. In any case, this little book, entirely in Russian, by one of the most important poets of the century -- was probably produced in fairly small numbers for a community of emigre Russians, mostly in Paris and Berlin. There are a handful of copies located under two OCLC numbers [OCLC Number: 38662517 -- under the Cyrillic title; OCLC Number: 10831899 -- under the transliterated title we have used for this description]. See also: Andre Savine Digital Library (#19629 -- physical copy at the University of North Carolina). 
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GEORGIAN MANUSCRIPTS, Beridze, Vachtang   ;  Elene Macavariani
2 Beridze, Vachtang ; Elene Macavariani GEORGIAN MANUSCRIPTS
Tbilisi "Xelovneba" / K. Kekelizis saxelobis xelnacert`a instituti 1970 Hardcover Very Good Small 4to 9" - 11" tall 
90 pages; Clean and tight in orignal binding of black cloth with gilt lettering and decorative stamping in gilt, red and blue on front board. Front board slightly bowed, otherwise very good. OCLC: 3800589 Text in English, Georgian, and Russian. Fifty incredible colour reproductions printed on glossy card stock of original manuscripts from the Sak`art`velos SSR mec`nierebat`a akademia, K. Kekelizis saxelobis xelnacert`a instituti. Introductory article by Elene Macavariani. 
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KARL BRIULLOV IN THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM COLLECTION, Briullov, Karl
3 Briullov, Karl KARL BRIULLOV IN THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM COLLECTION
Leningrad Aurora 1970 Stiff Card Wrappers Very Good Folio 13" - 23" tall 
Clean and secure in original handsome pictorial portfolio. 7 pages of text in Russian and 17 colour illustrations on four folding sheets of glossy photographic stock in a pictorial portfolio (stiff card stock). Karl Pavlovich Briullov (1799 – 1852), referred to by his friends as "The Great Karl", was a Russian painter. He is regarded as a key figure in transition from the Russian neoclassicism to romanticism. His best-known painting The Last Day of Pompeii (1830–1833), is an immense work which was compared by Pushkin and Gogol to the best work of Rubens and Van Dyck.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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THE PLAYS OF ANTON CHEKHOV, Chekhov, Anton
4 Chekhov, Anton THE PLAYS OF ANTON CHEKHOV
New York Illustrated Editions Company 1935 First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
328 pages; Text block is clean and tight in original binding of tan cloth spine over blue cloth covered boards decorative stamping in red and gilt (images of seagull on front cover and spine) in dustjacket with edgewear and some foxing now in protective mylar cover. Illustrated with wonderful woodcuts by Howard Simon, ten full page and several inset. OCLC: 664223688 Contents include The Wedding, The Proposal, The Anniversary, Three Sisters, The Seagull, The Bear, The Cherry Orchard and On the High Road. 
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5 Doroshevitch, Vlas ; Stephen Graham The Way of the Cross
New York G.P. Putnam & Sons 1916 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
viii, 163, (7) pages; Clean and secure in original binding of gray pictorial boards, rubbed at head of spine. Introduction by Stephen Graham. Vlas Mikhailovich Doroshevich (1864 – 1922, was one of Russia's most popular and widely read journalists, and a novelist, essayist, drama critic, and short story writer. The Way of the Cross is his account of the refugees from the German invasion of Russia during World War I. He journeyed from Moscow to meet the oncoming refugees, travelling through to the rear of the Russian army and recording the hardships and struggling he witnessed along the way. When people died at the roadside, they put up crosses to mark the burial sites, giving the account its title The Way of the Cross. [Wikipedia] 
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Zhizn i reformy  [ Two Volumes in Russian ], Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich
6 Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich Zhizn i reformy [ Two Volumes in Russian ]
Moskva [Moscow] Novosti 1995 5702009533 / 9785702009537 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 8vo 
1240 pages; Publisher's brown leatherette-surfaced cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Two volumes, text entirely in Russian. FIrst edition of the original text of the Memoirs of Mikhail Gorbachev. 566, [1] & [2 colophon/tirage]; 652, [1] & [2 colophon/tirage] pp. One section of Illustrations from b/w photographs in each volume. Following the deaths of Soviet Leaders Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, and Konstantin Chernenko, Gorbachev was elected General Secretary by the Politburo in 1985. Gorbachev's efforts towards reform within the Soviet system, in addition to his participation in summit conferences with United States President Ronald Reagan contributed to the end of the Cold War, ended the political supremacy of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), and led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990. OCLC Number: 34089699. "Zhizn i reformy" appeared in an English lanuage version the following year -- Memoirs. Translated from the Russian by Georges Peronansky and Tatjana. New York: Doubleday, 1996. 
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7 Lermontov, Mikhail ; Ivan Bilibin THE LAY OF TSAR, IVAN VASSILYEVICH, HIS YOUNG OPRICHNIK AND THE STOUT HEARTED MERCHANT KALASHNIKOV
Raduga 1983 0828527695 / 9780828527699 First Edition Thus Hardcover Near Fine Folio 13" - 23" tall 
Clean and tight in original pictorial binding. Translated from the Russian by Irina Zheleznova. Illustrated throughout.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Kalytochka  ukrain’ski narodni kazky, Malyshko, V[alentyna] A[ndriïvna]
8 Malyshko, V[alentyna] A[ndriïvna] Kalytochka ukrain’ski narodni kazky
Kyiv [Kiev] Vydavnyts. dytiachoi literatury "Veselka" 1970 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 12mo 
158 & [1] pages; Publisher's color pictorial boards. 12 Ukrainian folk tales, with handsome color illustrations. Text in Ukrainian [Cyrillic letters]. OCLC: 7388905 [8 locations]. An excellent copy, flat spine very slightly toned, tiny points of wear at the corners of the boards. Charming and scarce. 
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[RUSSIAN LANGUAGE EDITION] Recommendations of the American Bar Association as to the Dumbarton Oaks proposals  for the establishment of a general international organization for peace, justice and law, and statement of principles and joint action, Multiple Authors
9 Multiple Authors [RUSSIAN LANGUAGE EDITION] Recommendations of the American Bar Association as to the Dumbarton Oaks proposals for the establishment of a general international organization for peace, justice and law, and statement of principles and joint action
Chicago American Bar Association 1945 First Edition Paperback Very Good 8vo 
40 pages; Clean and tight in original printed wrappers. Russian edition of the Recommendations of the American Bar Association as to the Dumbarton Oaks proposals for the establishment of a general international organization for peace, justice and law. 
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Lectures on Russian Literature - Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenef, Tolstoy, Panin, Ivan
10 Panin, Ivan Lectures on Russian Literature - Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenef, Tolstoy
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1889 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- 8vo 
viii, 220 pages; Contents clean and unmarked in original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine. Cloth is worn at spine ends and corners, bookplate on fep, rear free endpaper missing a piece (c. 1/2" x 3"). OCLC: 1033342 Very uncommon. Ivan Nikolayevitsh Panin (1855 – 1942) was a Russian emigrant to the United States who achieved fame for discovering numeric patterns in the text of the Hebrew and Greek Bible. Exiled at the age of 18 for for engaging in subversive activity (teaching serfs and workers), Panin emigrated first to Germany (1874-1877), then to the U.S. where entered Harvard University. He graduated in 1882 with a Master of Literary Criticism and embarked upon a career as a lecturer on literary criticism. He was a popular and successful lecturer and his work on Russian Literature, collected in this book, was published in 1889. In 1890 he became fascinated with the first chapter of the Book of John in the Bible. Consequently, he abandoned his well established agnosticism and became a Christian. From that point forward, Panin concentrated his research on revealing numerical patterns throughout the Hebrew language of the Old Testament and the Greek language of the New Testament. 
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Osnovateliu Peterburga - Katalog Vystavki [Text in Russian], Piotrovskii, M B ;  Gosudarstvennyi Ermitazh
11 Piotrovskii, M B ; Gosudarstvennyi Ermitazh Osnovateliu Peterburga - Katalog Vystavki [Text in Russian]
Sankt-Peterburg [Saint Petersburg] Slaviia 2003 5950100212 / 9785950100215 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Folio 13" - 23" tall 
439 pages; Catalog of a fabulous exhibition on Peter the Great and St. Petersburg held May 31-August 31, 2003 at Gosudarstvennyi Ermitazh (The Hermitage), Saint-Petersburg, Russia. OCLC 52928469 Profusely illustrated in colour. Large heavy book requires additional charge for priority or international shipping. 
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Predstav mne shchegolia - moda i kostium Rossii v graviure XVIII veka, Pozharova, M. A.
12 Pozharova, M. A. Predstav mne shchegolia - moda i kostium Rossii v graviure XVIII veka
Moskva [Moscow] Gosudarstvennyi muzei izobrazitel'nykh iskusstv imeni A.S. Pushkina 2002 Paperback Near Fine 4to 
32 pages; Clean and tight in original stiff pictorial wrappers. Exhibition catalogue of works portraying eighteenth century Russian fashion and traditional dress. OCLC 51275470 
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Zhenshchina-telegrafist v Rossii i za granitseiu ["The Female telegrapher in Russia and abroad"], Shchegolev, Vladimir Nikolaevich
13 Shchegolev, Vladimir Nikolaevich Zhenshchina-telegrafist v Rossii i za granitseiu ["The Female telegrapher in Russia and abroad"]
S.-Peterburg [St. Petersburg, Russia] Tipografiya T-va "Obshchestvennaia pol’za" 1894 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
81 pages; Contemporary dark green pebbled cloth, red leather label lettered in gilt mounted to the spine. Original printed wrappers bound in. With two bookplates mounted to the front paste-down endpaper: "Biblioteka G. V. Yudina" and a Library of Congress bookplate identifying this volume as once part of the massive Yudin Collection, amassed by Gennadii Vasil'evich Yudin in Tarakanovo (Eastern Siberia). Yudin offered to sell his collection to the Library of Congress in 1903. In the winter of 1906, his 80,000 volume library was packed and shipped to Washington DC. Alexis Babine, a Russian born American-trained librarian, who negociated on behalf of the LC and oversaw the packing and shipping had previously written a survey of Yudin's collection. "This collection is so remarkable, both for its size and its quality, and is so little known even in Russia, that a professional librarian who had occasion to spend a few days among its treasures feels justified in briefly introducing it to the literary and the library world." A subsequent LC publication offers a few details about Yudin himself. "Yudin's passion for book collecting began in childhood, as did his amassing of the funds to spend on books. (In his youth he twice won the lottery.) Yudin was guided too by scholars like Vengerov and other bibliophiles of his day. Tuneeff wrote, "This contact with the most educated and famous men of his time helped to develop his own judgment when selecting books, especially where new editions were concerned. Consequently, his collection includes many copies of books which, at the time of their issue, did not attract public attention and were soon out of print." The Yudin bookplate with text in Russian was approved by the collector and incorporates a portrait of Yudin and drawings of his library building in Tarakanovo and of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. The LC bookplate below the pictorial Yudin plate has the printed legend at the bottom "YUDIN COLLECTION" and a penciled statement "Copy 2." This duplicate statement also is confirmed on the small paper label mounted to the upper front cover of this volume. On a blank leaf after the front free endpaper, there is a Library of Congress Surplus-Duplicate stamp in purple ink, making this volume legal to buy and sell. The front cover and title page have a few pencil marks by librarians; the title page has the small "LC" perforated stamp, and the faint stamping "104837 / '07" on the verso -- [this is the accession number of the Yudin acquisition, and shows that this volume was processed by the LC in the first year of the books' residence in their new home in Washington DC]. There are two typographic charts after the last page of text -- the first is double page, the second is neatly folded. The red leather label on the binding is somewhat rubbed and worn; the contents are clean and tight. This pamphlet concerning the "Female telegrapher in Russia and abroad" was published originally in 1894 at 60 kopeks. It is now very rare, indeed. OCLC Number: 40663798 locates only a single copy (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Even though the LC copy is not recorded by OCLC, the new LC online catalogue confirms that the library still has its Copy no. 1. None in COPAC; KVK (Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog); European Library meta-catalogue, or the British Library. Text entirely in Russian. 
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14 Sokol'skii, A. P. (Aleksei Pavlovich) [Alexey P. Sokolsky 1908-1972] Shakhmatnaia igra: kratkoe posobie [The Game of Chess: A Brief Guide] (Text in Russian)
Minsk [Belarus] Gosudarstvennoe izd-vo BSSR, Redaktsiia nauchno-tekhnicheskoi 1959 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
196 & [1] pages; Publisher's two-tone boards (beige and blue), with lettering and decorative device depicting two chess pieces and a chessboard -- spine in blue-grey cloth, lettered in black. Just a touch of light wear to the binding, and some inevitable toning to the text block. Text in Russian throughout. Alexey Pavlovich Sokolsky was a Ukrainian-Belarusian chess player of International Master level in board play, who achieved special standing and importance in correspondence chess; Sokolsky was the first Soviet Correspondence Chess Champion (1948–51). He also was a theoretician of opening moves, and his name lives on for one particular opening for white [1. b4 -- Sokolsky's monograph on this move has a title impossible to misunderstand even without any knowledge of Russian: 'Debyut 1 b2–b4'.] This move has also been known as the "Orangutan opening" -- for reasons both amusing and preposterous; wickipedia has a page on the subject for the curious. This 1959 book is scarce -- see OCLC Number: 34038093 [three locations -- New York Public Library; Cleveland Public Library; and State Library of Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia]. Russian text, with many diagrams of chessboard positions, throughout. 
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Gate of the Resurrection and a Picture of the Virgin Mother at Moscow [ Hand-colored wood engraving ], Unknown
15 Unknown Gate of the Resurrection and a Picture of the Virgin Mother at Moscow [ Hand-colored wood engraving ]
Philadelphia Illustrated London News 1856 Engraving Very Good 8" X 6 1/4" 
from the Illustrated London News; Wood Engraving; 1 pages; Nicely hand-colored wood engraving of Gate of the Resurrection at Moscow from Illustrated London News (Sept 20, 1856). Image measures 8" X 6 1/4" (14" x 11" matted). Matted in white stock with clear mylar. Miraculous properties have always been attributed to icons of the Iberian Virgin. In the distant past of Byzantium an image of the Virgin is said to have brought one of the wars of iconoclasm to an abrupt end when blood flowed from the icon. From that time onward the Iberian Virgin has always been depicted with a wound on her face. Russia became aware of the of the miraculous icon in the 17th century, and the future patriarch Nikon ordered an exact copy to be painted and sent to Moscow. In 1648 the icon sent to the Valdaiskiy Monastery, and another copy was commissioned for the Iberian Monastery. It arrived in Moscow a year later, and was placed in the Neglinenskaya Tower of the Triumphal Gate. The painting was held to have healing powers not just by Orthodox believers, and no Muscovite could begin anything new without first praying before the icon. Even the imperial family would go to bow before Moscow's most sacred site when they arrived in the city.The Triumphal Gate was rebuilt in 1680: Two hipped roofs with two-headed eagles were added, and the Icon of Christ's Resurrection was placed above the gate. Thus it became known as the Resurrection Gate. Some time later a gilt angel and cross were added to the dome of the chapel.After the Revolution the Soviet government began to destroy sacred sites, and in 1929 the chapel was removed, to be replaced by a hideous sculpture of a worker. The icon was moved to the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Sokolniki, and by 1931, the Resurrection Gates had been completely removed. 
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