1919. Knižnica "Slovenských Hlasov," vol. 8. Irkutsk: Československá Tlačova Kancelárie, 1919. Small octavo. Original printed wrappers; 44 pp. Folding map tipped to title page. Very good.
Scarce work in Slovak on the history, culture, and architecture of the Oravska, Liptovska, and Zvolenska regions in northern Slovakia. Published by the printing office of the Czechoslovak Legion. After the treaty of Brest-Litovsk effectively closed the Eastern Front, 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. This book is among a range of works which were printed in transit, at the mobile printing shop of the Legion troops in their armored train, evidently somewhere between Irkutsk and points further east. Complete, with the folding map. As of August 2019, KVK and OCLC only show three copies worldwide.
Book ID: P6739