Southbury, Conn.: Alatas, 1928. Small octavo (18.5 × 12 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 188,  pp. Very good; small nick to spine; else an unusually well-preserved copy.
First edition of this novel by Georgii Grebenshchikov (1883-1964), the prominent Russian writer and cultural activist, best known for founding the Russian village "Churaevka" in Connecticut and the publishing house "Alatas," which was created together with famous Russian artist Nikolai Roerich. His serialized novel "Churaevy" established him as one of the leading writers and spiritual leaders of the Russian emigration, as well as an important propagator of Russian culture abroad. The publications of "Alatas" were known for their accomplished execution; they were generally printed on paper of higher quality and bound in attractively illustrated wrappers; numbered and bibliophile editions were issued as well. This copy was handled by the legendary Paris collector and book dealer Andrei Savine, who specialized in Russian emigre publications in the 1970-90s. His price, which corresponds to the record held by the UNC Chapel Hill, is written in pencil on the rear fly leaf: "750-.” It apparently passed through Savine's shop in the late 1980s. Scarce in the trade.
Book ID: P002063