Shanghai: 1918. Octavo (26.5 × 19.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 98 pp. Wrappers toned and foxed; text somewhat brittle; laid-in errata slip.
A curious book that joins two works in Russian translation, “L’Homme Stupide” (1919) by Charles Richet (1850-1935), the French physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in 1913 and was also known as a spiritualist and parapsychologist. The second work, “Will Men Be Like Gods?” (1924) was written by the English priest Owen Francis Dudley (1882-1952). One can only presume that the texts were chosen by this Russian émigré in an attempt to explain the still relatively recent Bolshevik Revolution to his compatriots, although Richet’s text, in particular, is full of extreme vitriol against humanity, which he dubs “Homo stultissimus” for such “idiocies” as self-mutilation, alcohol, venereal diseases and interracial marriage. Nothing is known about the translator. KVK, OCLC only show the copy at UNC Chapel Hill.
Book ID: P003867