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Two-Volume History of Constructed Languages

Ocherk istorii idei mezhdunarodnogo iazyka. Chast' I-II [On the history of the idea of an international language, vols. I and II].

Moscow: self-published (Tipografiia Kluba imenia Ia. M. Sverdlova pri V. Ts. I. K. Sovetov, v Kremle), 1922. Octavos (22.5 × 17 and 24 × 17.8 cm). Original printed self-wrappers; 31 and 31 pp. Good or better; light overall wear to the fragile wrappers; the first volume with light fraying to wrapper edges, owner inscription ink, and occasional annotations in pencil.

Complete in two volumes, this work is one of the earliest Soviet accounts of the history of constructed languages, such as Ido, Volapuk, and Esperanto, divided into the period up to and following 1880. The author was the General Secretary of the Soviet Republics’ Esperantist Union, a young and energetic partisan of the Esperanto idea, who was initially able to convince the Soviet government of the utility of Esperanto for the planning of an international proletarian revolution. But in the course of the Stalinist Repressions, the Esperanto activists were accused of espionage, their belongings confiscated, and the members of the Central Committee executed, a fate that did not pass Drezen.

The first volume with a stated print run of 1000 copies. The rear wrapper also names as publisher: Tsentral'nyi komitet Soiuza Esperantistov Sovetskikh Stran (Central Committee of the Union of Esperanto Speakers of the Soviet Union).

As of August 2021, we cannot trace any copies at KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 51523

Price: $400.00