Moscow: Literaturno-izdatel’skii otdel Politicheskogo Upravlen. Revoliutsionnogo Voennogo Soveta Respubliki, 1920. Quarto (30 × 23.5 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 32 pp. Numerous illustrations from photographs and drawings; with facsimile signatures of Soviet leaders. About very good; some creasing and fraying to edges.
Special “labor issue” of this journal for Red Army soldiers and military workers dedicated to Vladimir Lenin and presented to him on June 26, 1920 according to archival records. The journal appeared from 1919 to 1928. This issue contains a long biographical essay by V. Nevskii, poems by V. Aleksandrovskii, A. Dorogoichenko, Nikolai Kolokolov, and S. Obradovich, as well as shorter and lengthier quotes about Lenin by leading revolutionaries such as Karl Radek, A. Lunacharsky, A. Kollontai, Maksim Gorky, and Lev Trotsky (“Skoro stanet luchshe”). The inclusion of texts and signatures of Radek and Trotsky alone, both eventually killed by Stalin’s long arm, would have merited confiscation and destruction following their fall from grace, making this special issue another example of the abundant celebratory and commemorative Leniniana later condemned to expurgation.
As of December 2021, KVK, OCLC show three partial holdings in North America.
Book ID: 51782