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Slaviane i vostok [The Slavs and the East]. No. 1 (all published).

Prague: Slavianskoe izdatel'stvo, 1921. Large octavo (23.5 × 15.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers (unsigned); 119, [2] pp. An uncut and unopened copy; wrappers dust-soiled and frayed along spine, small chip to upper right corner of front wrapper.

First and only volume of this intended series published by members of the organization "Dustane-meshreg" (Friends of the East), which sought to inspire lively interest in Eastern cultures among the Slavs and especially Russians. "The historical moment dictates the necessity of creating such an organization. It is as though an invisible hand were fusing the Slavic world with the nations of the East. Czechoslovak, Serbian, and Polish legions crossed all of Siberia and emerged in the Land of the Rising Sun... Even bolshevism, that disgusting regurgitation of Western culture, in its demise is driving millions of hungry Slavs toward the East" (from the postscript). Edited by V. E. Belanovich-Zubov and A. E. Kotomkin, the anthology includes articles, poems, dialogues and prose, as well as translations from the work of Rabindranath Tagore. With a striking wrapper illustration reminiscent of the angular modernism of Yury Annenkov (1889-1974). Savine 06080. Shatoff 2282. Not at the Russian State Library.

Book ID: P003763

Price: $250.00