Published in Shanghai

Put' izgnannika [The exile’s path].

Shanghai: Sklad izd. Russkoi Tip. “Grafik”, 1932. Octavo (18 × 12.5 cm). Original decorative wrappers by N. K. Sokolovskii; 165, [6] pp. Signed and inscribed by Skopichenko to Viktor P. Petrov. Wrappers chipped; tape repair to spine; still good or better.

First edition of this book by Russian émigré poet and writer Ol’ga Skopichenko (1907–1997), who relocated to China in 1923 and took an active part in the “Churaevka” circle in Harbin. Her first volumes of poetry appeared in Harbin and Tientsin; the present, her third book of poems, appeared after she relocated to Shanghai, where she worked at a tobacco factory and wrote articles for Russian-language journals, including “Rubezh.” After fleeing China during the war, she lived on the previously uninhabited island of Tubabao in the Philippines for two years, before eventually arriving in San Francisco.

Warmly inscribed to Viktor Porfir’evich Petrov (1907–2000), a writer, historian, political figure, and specialist on Russian émigré history in the United States and China. With Petrov’s private exlibris to front wrapper verso. As of October 2020, KVK and OCLC show four copies, all in North America.

Book ID: 51010