Irkutsk: Nákladem Informačně-Osvětového Odboru Ministerstva Vojenství, 1919. Small octavo (16.2 × 10.1 cm). Original blue printed wrappers; 62,  pp. Front wrapper soiled and spotted; internally very good.
First edition of this important collection of poems by Colonel Medek, a member of the Czech Legion. 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. Institutionally somewhat better represented than most Czech Legion imprints, but quite scarce in the trade.
Book ID: P6651