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How to Celebrate May Day

Pervoe maia: sbornik materialov dlia provedeniia dnia pervogo maia v klubakh [May Day: an anthology of materials for celebrating May Day in clubs].

Kharkiv: Glavpolitprosvet, Izdatel'stvo "Put' prosveshcheniia" pri narkomprose U.S.S.R., 1924. Octavo (23 × 15 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 68 pp. and [2] pp. of musical notation. Wrappers professionally restored; some spotting to wrappers; else very good. Small oval stamp of Marcel Bekus (“Ex-libris Marcel Bekus”).

Scarce anthology intended for use in Soviet workers' clubs in discussions about the significance of May Day celebrations, as well as for preparing the festivities themselves. The book includes a section about the history of May Day celebrations in pre-revolutionary and Soviet Russia, with texts by Grigorii Zinov'ev and Nikolai Bukharin, among others, as well as personal reminiscences about past celebrations (by Kollontai and Lunacharsky, among others), and a section with poems, prose, as well as theatrical scenes and sketches ("Na smert' Vozhdia" and "Rabochaia maevka"). The volume is rounded out by a four-page bibliography on May First and the musical notes of the May Day hymn (Pervomaiskii gimn).

The inclusion of texts by Zinov'ev and Bukharin would have justified confiscating and destroying the present book in the 1930s, after their repression during the Stalin Terror, which may help explain its scarcity despite the not insubstantia print run of 10.000 copies.

From the library of Marcel Bekus (1888–1939), the Polish-born Russian revolutionary and veteran of the 1905 Revolution in Russia. Bekus built a famous collection of books related to the revolutionary and socialist movement, but also the sciences, which was later dispersed.

As of December 2022, KVK, OCLC show a single copy.

Book ID: 52563

Price: $750.00