Riga: Izdanie Akts. Obshch. "Salamandra", 1926. Large octavo (29.5 × 22 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; , 88 pp. 60 illustrations in the text; four tipped-in color plates on card stock. Wrappers lightly worn, with small nicks and creases; spine ends chipped, with some loss of spine strip; internally very good, with tipped-in plates fully intact.
Rare collection of literary and historical sources on the topic of Russia's national identity and history, published with the aim of helping parents educate their children in the emigration, far from home. The publisher's preface indicates that funds were highly limited, but the editor nevertheless attempted to include examples of both medieval and modern Russian literature, as well as images of rural and urban architecture, nature scenes, fairy tale heroes and Church figures. Contains reproductions of works by Vasnetsov, Nesterov, Roerich, Bogdanov-Bel'skii, Goriushkin-Sorokopudov, Vereshchagin, Makovsky and others, as well as literary works from the Tale of the Lay of Igor to poetry and prose by Gogol, Kol'tsov, Nekrasov, and Ivan Bunin. Evidently published in connection with the Day of Russian Culture in Latvia, a festival held to commemorate the achievements of Russian culture throughout the Russian diaspora, which became particularly wide-spread in Europe after 1926. KVK, OCLC show a single copy at Waseda University; not at the Russian State or National Library.
Book ID: P002789