Ekaterinburg and Irkutsk: Nákladem Informačně-Osvětového Odboru Ministerstva Vojenství v Rusku, January-September 1919. Folios (37 × 27 cm). Original photo-illustrated wrappers, 8 pp. each. Ornamental lithographed title pages; numerous photographs throughout. Very good copies.
Complete run of this very uncommon, strikingly photo-illustrated large-format monthly, published by Czechoslovak Legion forces in Ekaterinburg and, starting with issue no. 3, in Irkutsk, Siberia. Each page features numerous large-format photographs, with captions in Czech, Russian, French, and English, showing various military leaders, scenes from everyday life, troops at rest, as well as photographic documents of the war effort and the battle fields. Along with the lithographed satirical journal "Houpačky", this journal ranks among the most sophisticated printed works produced during the Legions' lengthy stop in Irkutsk, which enabled the troops to set up a more permanent printing shop than was customary during their anabasis. In Russia, the Czechoslovak Legion soldiers fought alongside the White Army in Siberia after WWI and controlled large stretches of the Transsiberian Railroad from 1918–19. In 1920, the Czechoslovak Legion was gradually evacuated by ship from Vladivostok and over 60.000 soldiers returned to the Czechoslovak Republic. KVK, OCLC only show the copies at Nanterre and an incomplete run at the British Library.
Book ID: 50904