London: 1902. Octavo (18 × 12 cm). Original staple-stitched self-wrappers; 16-48 pp. per issue. Good to very good, with one issue unopened and uncut.
Five issues (of twelve published) of the political supplement to the literary and political journal “Zhizn’” (Life), founded in St. Petersburg in 1897. Literary works by Gorky, Chekhov, and Tolstoy appeared on the pages of the journal, with the political section containing articles by Lenin and Marx. By 1898, the journal became the primary Marxist publication in the Russian Empire until its closure by the censor in 1901. Socialist-democrats living in exile in London and Geneva briefly resumed the publication of the journal, with this political supplement published weekly. “Zhizn’” and Listki “Zhizni” used the same typescript as “Kolokol” (The Bell) the first Russian revolutionary journal published by political exiles Alexander Herzen and Nikolai Ogarev, establishing the journal’s place in the continued socialist and revolutionary struggle. The issues also contain poems, proletarian songs and ditties, overviews of peasant unrest throughout Russia, information on Russian prisons, including one full-page diagram, updates about a court case against Tolstoy in Germany, and appeals for protest and uprisings.
Book ID: P6535