The Jewish question before the Revolution

LAVROVSKII, M[ikhail] IA[kovlevich]

Geografiia vseia Rusi. Satira. A Satirical Geography of All Russia

[Geography of all Russia: Satire. A useful guide for the unconscious]

Publication: Niu-Iork, [1914].

LAVROVSKII, M[ikhail] IA[kovlevich], Geografiia vseia Rusi. Satira. A Satirical Geography of All Russia

An early émigré publication, printed in New York before the Revolution, and criticsing Russia’s autocracy, with a focus on the conditions of the Jewish people.

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This pamphlet, featuring the satirical subtitle “not approved and not recommended by the Scientific Committee of the Ministry of Public Education,” was authored by a “former teacher from a Russian gymnasium”, now émigré to the USA – before the new, post-revolutionary wave.

Lavrovskii starts by criticising State-approved geography textbooks and what he perceives as biased patriotic information. However, the main focus of his essay is on Russian ideology and the problems of autocracy, specifically regarding the Jewish question in Russia and the pogroms and other attacks on Jews.

The pamphlet includes a few adds at the end, in particular for Lavrovskii’s NY-based magazine ‘Smekh’ [Laughter].

Rare: not in Savine and we could not trace any example in Russian libraries either. OCLC locates three copies (Princeton, NYPL and Columbia).


George Sabo (most probably the bookdealer, 1896-1983, who hailed from the Carpatho-Rusyn region of the Kingdom of Hungary and settled in New York after 1920; ink stamp to title); Avenir Nizoff (a pianist who lived in Edmonton, Canada, in the second half of the 20th century, and gathered a large, wide-ranging library of Russian works, especially covering art, history and literature, with a strong representation of émigré works).

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Physical Description

Octavo. 28 pp. incl. title in Russian and supplementary title in English, [4] pp. of adv.


Publisher’s printed wrappers.


The fragile wrappers a bit frayed and minimally torn, word in pencil to upper wrapper; otherwise in fine condition.

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