Harbin: N. P. Kobtsev; tip. "Zaria", 1934. Quarto (26 × 18.5 cm). Staple-stitched pamphlet with paper spine strip; 23 pp. Rust to staples; last page discolored; else very good, printed on better paper.
A short, but highly informative Russian-language description of the history and present makeup of the State Public Library in Beijing, formerly the National Library of Peiping, and now the Chinese National Library. The pamphlet contains an overview of the library's history, major additions and special collections, buildings and departments, major bibliographical guides and catalogs, international collaborations, as well as the rules and regulations for using the library on site and for borrowing materials. Published as an offprint from the "Bibliographical Journal" (Bibliograficheskii sbornik, vol. 2), published by the Library of the Chinese Eastern Railway (KVZhD). Baranov (1886-1972) was a translator and Sinologist who taught Chinese language, ethnography, history and literature to employees of the Russian Far Eastern Railway and various universities in Manchuria. He authored over 150 works within his areas of specialization. In 1958 he immigrated to the Soviet Union, where he settled in Almaty, Kazachstan. The offprint is not found in KVK or OCLC; the original publication (Bibliograficheskii sbornik) is itself scarce, with only a handful of holdings in public libraries.
Book ID: P4620