A censored work - in amazing condition

[WICHSELL, Jöran]

Beskrifning om Rysslands Belägenhet/ Gräntzor/ Landskaper/ Städer/ Styrelse/ Macht/ Plägseder och andra Beskaffenheter nu för tijden
£2,950

[WICHSELL, Jöran], Beskrifning om Rysslands Belägenhet/ Gräntzor/ Landskaper/ Städer/ Styrelse/ Macht/ Plägseder och andra Beskaffenheter nu för tijden

An exceptionnal example, uncut, unopened and unbound, of a banned and later destroyed account of Peter the Great's Russia. First edition, rare.

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Ethnic responsibility?

SHULGIN, Vasilii

'Chto nam v nikh ne nravitsia...' Ob Antisemitizme v Rossii ['What We Do Not Like About Them...' On the Antisemitism in Russia]
£375

SHULGIN, Vasilii, 'Chto nam v nikh ne nravitsia...' Ob Antisemitizme v Rossii

"Political anti-Semitism', to be distinguished from a racial one: first edition of this scarce work, which also gives an account of the situation of the Jews in Russia.

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Getting ready...

BAKHAREV V. [pseud. for Vladimir Petrovich MAKHNOVETS]

Kak derzhat sebia na doprosakh [How to Conduct Oneself During Interrogations]
£750

BAKHAREV V. [pseud. for Vladimir Petrovich MAKHNOVETS], Kak derzhat sebia na doprosakh

A practical handbook for revolutionaries caught by the tsarist authorities - pretty unusual theme and rare on the market. Attractive example of the first edition, with provenance.

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Account of 17th-c. Russia from a 'cabinet de lecture'

[COLLINS, Samuel]

Relation curieuse de l'estat present de la Russie
£2,000

[COLLINS, Samuel], Relation curieuse de l'estat present de la Russie

Great (if often negative) early account of pre-petrine Russia, here in an unusual, uncut copy of the first French edition, from a private lending library with the label detailing its lending conditions. Includes the famous illustrated chapter on mushrooms - among many other remarks and anecdotes.

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Drunk "very unhandsome" Circassian ladies and Russian mushrooms

[COLLINS, Samuel]

The Present State of Russia, In a Letter to a Friend at London, written by an eminent person residing at the great czars court at Mosco [sic] for the space of nine years
£3,250

[COLLINS, Samuel], The Present State of Russia, In a Letter to a Friend at London, written by an eminent person residing at the great czars court at Mosco [sic] for the space of nine years

Great (if often negative) early account of pre-petrine Russia, with an important portrait of Tsar Alexei and a famous chapter on mushrooms - among many other remarks and anecdotes. Very good example of the first edition.

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First complete edition

TOLSTOY, Lev

Khadzhi-Murat: Roman [Khadzhi-Murat: A Novel]
£3,950

TOLSTOY, Lev, Khadzhi-Murat: Roman

Tolstoy's last novella, focusing on a celebrated hero of the Caucasus, here in its uncensored version for the first time. Scarce.

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'Russophobic' Western propaganda during WWII

Protoierei V. DEMIDOV

Russkaia zhizn v krivom zerkale inostrantsev [Russian Life in the Crooked Mirror of Foreigners]
£95

Protoierei V. DEMIDOV, Russkaia zhizn v krivom zerkale inostrantsev

Against Western - but also Soviet - anti-Russian propaganda. By a military priest who first emigrated to Kharbin before the USA.

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A Soviet ambassador against Stalin

RASKOLNIKOV, Fedor

Otkrytoe pismo Stalinu [An Open Letter to Stalin]
£475

RASKOLNIKOV, Fedor, Otkrytoe pismo Stalinu

Samizdat copy of a sharp criticism of Stalin's regim. Rare and dangerous in the USSR.

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The greatest Russian poet and the greatest Soviet dictator...

[PUSHKIN and STALIN]

Lukomore
£100

[PUSHKIN and STALIN], Lukomore

A small leaf containing a funny parody which could send you to a GULAG camp.

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Famine? Which famine?

VERBYTSKYI, M

Naibilshyi zlochyn Kremlia: zaplianovanyi shtuchnyi holod v Ukraini 1932-1933 rokiv [The Kremlin's Greatest Crime: the Planned Artificial Famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933]
£450

VERBYTSKYI, M, Naibilshyi zlochyn Kremlia: zaplianovanyi shtuchnyi holod v Ukraini 1932-1933 rokiv

A striking cover for a striking book: the first extensive study of the 1930s Great Famine in Ukraine. First edition, published in London.

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Partially unopened, in the publisher's boards

TSVETAEVA, Marina Ivanovna

Razluka [Separation]
£1,500

TSVETAEVA, Marina Ivanovna, Razluka

An attractive example of this fragile production, Tsvetaeva's first poetry collection published abroad. First edition.

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Dangerous illegal printing in Soviet Ukraine

[SHANKOVSKY, Lev]

Istoriia UPA [History of the UPA]
£475

[SHANKOVSKY, Lev], Istoriia UPA

Rare example of a Ukrainian samizdat, focusing on the history of its now famous resistance group.

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A noted military theorist in Argentina

KHOLMSTON-SMYSLOVSKII, [Boris]

Izbrannye stati i rechi [Selected Articles and Speeches]
£195

KHOLMSTON-SMYSLOVSKII, [Boris], Izbrannye stati i rechi

A volume of essays by a Russian anti-communist general, published in South America, where he advised the Argentinian president.

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Very early publication by Nabokov

[NABOKOV, Vladimir, A. BLOK, TEFFI, A. REMIZOV and others]

Rodnaia Zemlia, Sbornik 1-2 [The Native Land; First [and] Second Collection]
£1,650

[NABOKOV, Vladimir, A. BLOK, TEFFI, A. REMIZOV and others], Rodnaia Zemlia, Sbornik 1-2

Possibly the earliest appearance of Nabokov in the West - together with several works many other important authors. A fine example in original wrappers.

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Nabokov the Poet – Home-made and illegal in Russia

NABOKOV, Vladimir

Stikhi [Poetry]
£2,250

NABOKOV, Vladimir, Stikhi [Poetry]

Some of Nabokov's most scandalous poems, of course banned in Soviet Union and here in an illegal "edition" home-made in Brezhnev's USSR. Very rare.

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The first edition in Russian after the Nobel Prize award

PASTERNAK, Boris

Doktor Zhivago [Doctor Zhivago]
£1,250

PASTERNAK, Boris, Doktor Zhivago

First printing of the first "legal" Russian edition of this famous Nobel Prize winner. A lovely copy of Pasternak's masterpiece.

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With a poetic inscription and edits by guardian of the poet's legacy

VOLOSHIN, Maksimilian

[Poetry in Samizdat]
£950

VOLOSHIN, Maksimilian, [Poetry in Samizdat]

Lovely collection of Voloshin's poems, inscribed by his widow to a fellow writer.

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Berlin's fauna of Russian immigrants

SHKLOVSKII, Viktor and El LISITSKII [LISSITZKY] (artist)

Zoo. Pisma ne o liubvi ili tretia Eloiza [Zoo. Letters Not About Love or the Third Eloise]
£600

SHKLOVSKII, Viktor and El LISITSKII [LISSITZKY] (artist), Zoo. Pisma ne o liubvi ili tretia Eloiza

Cover design by El Lissitzky for this depiction of the Russian emigration in Berlin in the Golden Twenties.

The preferred first edition, rarer than the Russian one published shortly afterwards.

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