Paris: Izdanie tsentralnogo organa R.S.-D.R.P. "Sotsialdemokrat", 1910. Octavo (21 x 13.5 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 16,  pp. Very good.
First edition of this pamphlet by Vlasa D. Mgeladze (1868-1944), a Georgian revolutionary, Menshevik leader, and a participant of the Persian Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911. After the October Revolution, he opposed Lenin's Bolshevik policies, and assumed a post as commissar of the newly-founded Democratic Republic of Georgia in 1918. After the Soviet occupation and takeover of Georgia, Mgeladze fled abroad to France. His important first-hand account of the Persian Revolution was highly valued by Lenin, who urged it to be forwarded to the 12th Congress of the Second International in Copenhagen. Mgeladze describes the events at Rasht, Tabriz, Teheran and other locations, and praises the Persian Revolution for bringing together such diverse nations as Armenians, Georgians, Persians, and Jews. The short preface was written by Mikhail Lazarevich Vel'tman (1871-1927), another early participant of the Russian revolutionary movement, who later served in the Bolshevik government and is considered a founder of the Soviet school of oriental studies. The inside of the rear wrapper lists the names of eight known Caucasian comrades, out of twenty-two, who lost their lives while defending the city of Tabriz in the East Azerbaijan Province of Western Iran in 1908. In 1911, Russian Imperial forces finally occupied the city and defeated the constitutionalist fighters; they would remain until 1917. The text of Mgeladze's account was also published in French in 1911 ("La Caucase et la révolution persane"). Though institutionally represented with some dozen entries, the brochure is rare in the trade.
Book ID: P5883