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A Call for a Russian-American Bibliography

Eto nuzhno sdelat'! K voprosu o bibliograficheskoi registrat︠s︡ii vsiekh russkikh izdanii, napechatannykh v Ameriki︠e︡ i k sostavleniiu bio-bibliograficheskago slovaria russkikh pisatelei i uchenykh zhivushchikh v nei [It must be done! Concerning the preparation of a bibliographical record of all Russian publications printed in America and of a bio-bibliograhical dictionary of Russian writers and scholars living on this continent].

Philadelphia: Izdanie gazety "Pravda", 1928. Octavo (22.8 × 15.6 cm). Original printed wrappers; 14 pp. Wrappers somewhat worn and beginning to detach; still about very good.

First standalone edition of this passionate call for the creation of a bibliography of Russian publications in America by Michael Vinokouroff (1894-1983), a Russian immigrant, bibliophile, and scholar, whose papers are held by the Alaska State Library. The present text, first published on the pages of the periodical "Pravda" in Philadelphia, was a result of his work at the Library of Congress: "Within the very first few days of my employment at the Library, I was quite astonished to note the extreme scarcity of Russian books published in the United States in this great National Library. But--later on, I learned that in practically no libraries in this country was this sort of material abundant, and that only very, very few of just such Russian books were received in the Library of Congress through the Copyright Office. And it was at this very time that I began to collect personally everything in published Russian in the United States that I could find..." (Catalog of his personal collection).

See Richard A. Pierce, "M. Z. Vinokouroff: Profile of a Russian Emigre Scholar and Bibliophile" (1983).

As of July 2022, KVK, OCLC show copies at Berlin, at NYPL, and Urbana-Champain.

Book ID: 52204

Price: $150.00