Irkutsk: Izdanie Informatsionno-prosvietitel'nogo otdiela chekhovoisk (Tip. Bielogolovogo), 1919. Small octavo (16.5 × 10.7 cm). Original printed wrappers; 31,  pp. Frontis photograph of Masaryk. Also laid in is a folded chromolithographed map of Central Europe, measuring 16.8 × 19.6 cm. Very good.
Rare publication in Russian about the Czechoslovak Legion, which introduces predominantly Siberian readers to the newly founded Czechoslovak Republic, established following WWI. After the treaty of Brest-Litovsk effectively closed the Eastern Front, the Legion forces found themselves on the side of the imperiled Tsarist troops as they moved East to Vladivostok and to transport ships bound for home. At one time, the Czech Legion controlled the majority of the Trans-Siberian Railway and significantly aided the White Russian forces during combat. Their effort on behalf of the White army was seen as benefiting their goal of an independent Czech state as propagated by Masaryk, free from Austro-Hungarian rule. Scarce in the trade. This journal is one of several works that were printed in transit by the Legion, from newspapers printed in a railway car of their armored train, to more elaborate pamphlets and illustrated journals lithographically printed during longer stops. Several books, such as this one, were also published in Russian. KVK, OCLC show copies at Chicago, Harvard, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Yale.
Book ID: P6505