Harbin: Izdanie NORR, 1937. Octavo (24 × 16 cm). Original printed wrappers; 120 pp. Illustrated from photographs and drawings throughout. Very good, partially uncut and unopened.
First and only edition of this introduction to Russian history up until the fall of the Russian Empire in 1917, intended primarily for young students associated with the Russian scouts in exile (the National Organization of Russian Explorers, NORR). NORR was formed in the early 1920s and beginning around 1930 began to recruit children and young adults into its ranks in the Far East, becoming an important monarchist and anti-communist youth movement in the Russian diaspora of the Far East. Little is known about the author, who self-identifies as a former student of Russian historian Sergei Platonov; he was apparently a member of the Russian scholarly community in Prague following the October Revolution, as well as an assistant at the Russian Foreign Historical Archive in Prague. At head of title: “Sostoiashchaia pod pokrovitel’stvom E. I. V. Velikoi Kniagini Ksenii Aleksandrovny, Natsional’naia Organizatsiia Russkikh Razvedchikov (Vozgl. Polkovn. P. N. Bogdanovich). See also: A. N. Baranova, “Molodezhnye emigrantskie organizatsii v Man’chzhurii,” in Molodoi uchenyi no. 3 (2010). One of 1000 copies printed. Rare; as of May 2020, KVK and OCLC only show two copies, at Harvard and the Hoover Institution.
Book ID: 50582