Erevan: Pethrat, 1929. Octavo (21.5 × 15 cm). Original pictorial wrappers (not attributed); 107 pp. Very good or better.
First edition of this short novel by Mat'evos Darbinyan (1889-1937), an Armenian writer born in the Northeastern province of Tavush. Along with Hakob Hakobyan he was the co-founder of the Armenian Section of the Georgian Association of Proletarian Writers. He wrote numerous works, including several for children, and was also in charge of Armenian radio programming in the early 1930s. He was executed in the course of the Stalinist Purges of the late 1930s. With a striking, but unattributed wrapper design in red, which depicts an Armenian farmer against the background of Red Army soldiers during the Civil War. The novel was also turned into an early Soviet silent film by Armenkino in 1931, directed by Patkavan Barkhudaryan. Russian title from rear wrapper: "M. Darbinian, Kikos." As of February 2020, not in KVK or OCLC. We can only trace the copy at the Armenian National Library.
Book ID: 50608