Petrograd: Zhizn' i znanie, 1917. First Edition. Octavo (21.2 × 14.6 cm). Original printed wrappers; 104 pp. Signature of Sigizmund Valk to title (and his annotation in pencil to front wrapper?); a very good, uncut and unopened copy; tiny Soviet bookstore mark inside rear wrapper.
First edition of Lenin's in depth analysis of the development of US capitalism in agriculture, based on a comparison of the 1900 and 1910 censuses. "Lenin's interest in the question of what statistical methods were appropriate for the analysis of agriculture was maintained throughout his life, and on the eve of the Revolution of 1917, he took the trouble to study and re-analyse the 1910 Census in the USA, which had extensive data on agriculture, and published a most penetrating piece based on his re-analysis" (Utsa Patnaik, "Lenin and the Agrarian Question," 75). The book was yet another work used to justify the strategy of seizing country estates and nationalizing the land. Curiously, The wrappers give the publication date as 1918. From the collection of Sigizmund Natanovich Valk (1887-1975), the Vilnius-born Soviet historian and scholar of the Russian revolutionary movement. In 1918-1927, he served as the head of the Revolutionary History Archive in St. Petersburg and was one of the founders of Soviet historiography, publishing numerous key works throughout his life. The bulk of his collection is today housed at the Russian Academy of Sciences. This title is no. 768 of the Souvarine and Bernshtein catalog (Dekker & Nordemann BV, 1980), and pictured on p. 137 (annotation: "Lenin's views on the development of capitalism in the United States"). KVK, OCLC only show nine copies in libraries worldwide.
Book ID: P5303