Sofia: [Headquarters of the Don Cossack Corps], 1931. Octavo (23 × 15.5 cm). Original illustrated self-wrappers; 48,  pp. Gift inscription, apparently to General A. P. Arkhangel’skii (1872–1959). Slightly resized; else about very good.
The final special issue of the annual White émigré publication “Kazaki zagranitsei”, dedicated to the newly elected Cossack Ataman in Bulgaria, Count Grabbe. The issue is composed of Grabbe’s speeches, decrees and descriptions of his business trips and meetings. Count Mikhail Nikolaevich Grabbe (1868–1942) was the last Ataman of the Don Cossacks, appointed to the position in 1935. In 1890, Grabbe graduated from a military academy in St. Petersburg, eventually distinguishing himself in WWI. After the October Revolution, Grabbe moved his family to Yugoslavia, resettling in Paris in 1925. A convinced monarchist, he took part in the First Monarchist Congress in Berlin in 1921 and was a member of the Society of the Adherents of Memory of Emperor Nicholas II. After the German attack of the Soviet Union in 1941, he was also instrumental in the creation of the Russian Protective Corps, made up of Russian émigrés who fought on the side of the German forces, with the aim of protecting White émigrés from the harassment by partisans who sympathized with the Soviet Union. Founded in Sofia in 1927, the “Kazaki zagranitsei” published annual reports on the life of the Cossacks in Bulgaria and other countries. Like many of the Cossack publications, its run seems to have been interrupted by the start of WWII, with this issue being the last. With a gift inscription to General A. P. Arkhangel’skii to the top of front wrapper, slightly cropped. KVK, OCLC show only one copy of this last issue, at UNC Chapel Hill.
Book ID: P6725