[Paris]: Société nouvelle de librairie et d'édition, 1905. Octavo (19 × 12.5 cm). Contemporary half-leather with gilt-tooled red leather spine label; 978,  pp. Lacking original wrappers, title, and a first leaf with preface; second leaf with restauration; else a very good copy with wide uncut margins in an attractive contemporary binding and with an important provenance.
Vast anthology reproducing the text of periodicals, letters, proclamations, and other documents of the People's Will party, or Narodnaia Volia, a revolutionary group active from 1879 to 1884. The party argued for creating a Russian socialist movement based on the Russian peasantry, and many of its members advocated terrorist means for achieving their goals. The group formed many underground cells and is perhaps best remembered for the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. The anthology gathers the contents of all eleven issues of the group's eponymous journal, which appeared 1879-1885, followed by bulletins, directive, and other documents relevant to the party's development. Bogucharsky, who used the pseudonym Basilevsky, was a journalist, publisher, and historian of the Russian revolutionary movement. He edited periodicals such as "Byloe" and "Minuvshie gody." This copy from the famous collection of Socialistica of the Marxist bibliophile and scholar Chimen Abramsky (1916–2010), who fled to London from the Soviet Union in the early 1930s and became a leading specialist in both Judaica and socialist thought. His collection, parts of which were auctioned after his death, has recently been commemorated in his son’s biography, The House of Twenty Thousand Books (2014). We locate no auction records in Russia or abroad. No. 182 in the Souvarine and Bernshtein catalog (Dekker & Nordemann BV, 1980), priced 950 fl.
Book ID: P4382