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Russians in German Captivity During WWI

To, chemu ne povieriat: vyderzhka iz “Neobyknovennoi istorii” N.K. Mel’nikova (Sibiriaka). IV. S glavy 35-oi do 55-oi [That which they will not believe: an excerpt from “An Unusual Story” of N.K. Melnikov (Sibiriak). Part IV. Chapters 25-55].

Paris: Librairie franco-russe “Oko”, 1928. Octavo (19 × 12.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 83, [1] pp. Owner stamp to front wrapper an title page. Wrappers lightly soiled and chipped to edges. Internally very good.

First and only edition. A WWI prison memoir written by Nikolai Melnikov (1875–1935?), a Russian writer, poet, and journalist. A correspondent for the Russian newspaper “Novoe vremia” starting in 1901, Melnikov lived in Berlin. During WWI he was held in German captivity as an enemy citizen. This “excerpt” is an account of his privations in captivity, the treatment of Russian prisoners in a German prison, and attempts by his wife (possibly a German native?) to gain his release. The complete work was never published, with this excerpt being apparently the only surviving account. Melnikov also authored a brochure on the separation of church and state “Dva mira” (Berlin, 1907) and a collection of poetry “Stikhotvoreniia” (Berlin, 1910). Starting in 1928 he lived in France, where he published this “excerpt” and seems to have held lectureship positions in Paris until 1935. As of July 2020, KVK and OCLC show copies at Halifax, Columbia, Cornell, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, and Lyon.

Book ID: 50896

Price: $250.00