Makhach-Kala: Izdanie Dagestanskogo Nauchno-Issledovatel’skogo Instituta, 1927. Large octavo (26.4 × 17.4 cm). Original staple-stitched decorative wrappers; 21,  pp. About very good; barely visible professional restoration to wrappers and spine; light damp stains to last few pages, not affecting text.
Scarce work on the rich heritage of sung lyrics among the Avar people of the Dagestani mountain region. According to the preface, prior to a 1923 expedition only approximately ten such texts were known to exist, which explains the author’s joy at the recent discovery of a multitude of songs exemplifying the “sensitive, poetic soul” of the Avars. The brochure is divided into sections dealing with the history and earliest records of these songs, specific genres such as the amorous and heroic, the Avar poet Makmud from Ak-Kent, as well as conjectures about the future development of Avar songs. Zhirkov also reflects on the opposing influences of Arabic and Russian, with reference to Persian and Turkish literary works. A scarce resource on Caucasian folklore. One of 500 copies printed. Printed by Buinakskaia Tipo-litografiia Daggosizdata. As of November 2019, KVK and OCLC show copies at LOC and Chicago (the copy at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin is marked a war loss).
Book ID: 50404