Published in Brussels


Tainy masonstva

[The Secrets of Freemasonry]

Publication: Maski doloi, Briussel [Brussels], [1930s].

BISSINGER, Edgar, Tainy masonstva

A striking cover design for this first Russian edition of a Nazi pamphlet translated for the Russian fascists.

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An anonymous translation into Russian of a German pamphlet published by Edgar Bissinger (1912-87) in the 1930s, which provides an “insight” into masonic rituals and beliefs. A convinced national-socialist, Bissinger was an active member of the Nazi’s press and journalist activities and the profusely illustrated text is also anti-semitic. This Russian edition falls into the context of anti-semitic and anti-masonic attitudes commonly found in the émigré community, which the introduction by the Russian translator confirms.

First edition, kept in its striking original wrappers – scarce.


Avenir Nizoff (émigré, pianist, who lived in Edmonton, Canada, in the second half of the 20th century, and gathered a very large library of Russian works of all kinds, including a vast quantity of emigre publications).

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Physical Description

Octavo. 72 pp. incl. title, with many illustrations in text.


Publisher’s pictorial printed wrappers


Spine discoloured and a bit chipped in places, some minor soiling; paper browned; but a pleasant example in very good condition.

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