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Pushkinskii sbornik [Pushkin almanac].

Prague: Tipografiia Politika, 1929. Large octavo (26 × 19 cm). Original printed wrappers; 303 pp. Mostly unopened and uncut. Some moisture damage to rear wrapper and last few pages not affecting text. Still about very good.

A white émigré publication, this collection of scholarly articles on Alexander Pushkin is one of the early publications of the Russian Institute in Prague. Founded in 1923 by a group of Russian émigré professors with the mission of helping Russian students “obtain quality education in Prague” the institute counted 900 registered students by the end of the first year. As a “national poet,” Pushkin (1799-1837) had great symbolic significance among the white émigrés, who had to leave Russia fleeing the Bolshevik regime. While the Bolsheviks presented Pushkin as a revolutionary anti-monarchist (because of his early connections with the Decembrists), the émigré intelligentsia emphasized Pushkin as the standard bearer of Russian high culture. This publication was yet another manifestation of the author’s significance for the community.

The institute produced its first scholarly publication in 1928, with this collection published just a year later. The collection includes contributions by significant personalities such as Professor E. V. Spektorskii (former President or “rector” of Kiev University), A. L. Bem (famous Dostoevsky scholar), S. V. Zvadskii (former minister of Justice of the Ukrainian state “Hetmanite” during the Russian Civil War), P. B. Struve (prominent Marxist who changed his views after the Bolshevik Revolution, becoming a foreign minister to the White Army gen. Wrangel during the Russian Civil War) among others. Abstracts of all articles are provided in French in the back of the publication. Scarce in the trade.

Book ID: P4713

Price: $250.00