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1 Benois, Alexander. The Russian School of Painting. With an Introduction by Christian Briton. With Thirty-Two Plates.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1916. 
Quarto, illus. boards (hardcover), uncut, 199 pp. Very Good, with edgewear to covers. Illustrated with numerous plates. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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2 Chernetsov, V. N. and W. Moszynska. Prehistory of Western Siberia. Edited by Henry N. Michael.
Montreal: Arctic Institute of North America/McGill-Queen's University Press, 1974. 
Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), folding maps, xxv+ 377 pp. Fine, in a Near-Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: This translation of several key articles published in the 1950s and 1960s by the late V. N. Chernetsov and his wife, Wanda Moszynska (who accompanied him on almost all field trips), deals with the sequence of cultures that occupied the lower -- that is, the northern -- reaches of the Ob River basin and, in considerable detail, with Ust-Poluy, a type-site of great importance for the early cutlural phases of western Siberia. It is the ninth in a series by the Arctic Institute of North America, Anthropology of the North: Translations from Russian Sources, which makes in formation about the archaeological work of Soviet investigators available to those WEstern archaeologists not conversant with the Russian language. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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3 Conquest, Robert. The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1986. 
Octavo, red cloth & boards (hardcover), 412 pp. Fine, in a Near-Fine dust jacket with some sunning. From dust jacket: The Harvest of Sorrow is the first full history of one of the most horrendous human and social tragedies of our century. Between 1929 and 1932 the Soviet Communist Party stuck a double blow at the peasant families, and collectivization, the effective abolition of private property in land and the concentration of the remaining peasantry in “collective” farms under party control. This was followed in 1932-33 by a “terror-famine,” which the State inflicted on the collectivized peasants of the Ukraine and certain areas by setting impossibly high grain quotas, removing every other source of food, and preventing help from outside -- even from the other areas of the Soviet Union -- from reaching the starving millions. Ambitious, meticulously researched, and yet always accessible, The Harvest of Sorrow is a deeply moving testament to those who died, and it will register in the Western consciousness a sense of the darker side of the history of this century. The number dying as a result of the actions described in this book was higher than theh total number of deaths for all countries in World War I. Robert Conquest has produced a fitting sequel to his acclaimed book The Great Terror, an account of the Soviet mass purges of the 1930s, of which Harrison Salisbury wrote in Saturday Review: “Brilliant. Mr. Conquest, our greatest Kremlin elucidator, has fitted together the dread story. Never has it been told with such insight into motive and relationship. Not only an odyssey of madness, tragedy, sadism, but work of scholarship and literary craftsmanship. 
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4 Gilewicz, Alicia with Price, Dr. Steve. Frozen Footprints: Lessons in Freedom from a Survivor of the Siberian Slave-Labor Camps.
Tampa, FLorida: INTI Publishing, [1998]. 
Octavo, softbound, vii, 172 pp. Fine. “The story of a familiy's eight-year struggle for survival, first as prisoners in a Siberian prison camp, and later as refugees in Uzbekistan, Iran, and Africa. The first part of Frozen Footprints re-tells the horror one family faces in their quest for freedom in Russia during World War II, as millions of innocent civilians were dying from starvation and disease. It's a gripping story of good triumphing over evil and a testimony to the power of determination and persistence. In the second half of the book, Alicia teaches readers the 10 lessons in freedom she has learned during her remarkable life. These lessons helped Alicia and her family survive the horrors of communist Russia and later to achieve personal and financial freedom. Her lessons will empower you to realize your full potential, to dream big dreams, and to make them come true!” 
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5 Gowing, Lionel F. Five Thousand Miles in a Sledge: A Mid-Winter Journey across Siberia.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1890. 
1st American edition. Octavo, illustrated green cloth, xix, 257, [x] pp. Fold-out map, 31 illustrations by C. J. Uren. Near-Fine; spine slightly darkened. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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6 Harnwell, Gaylord P. Russian Diary: A Distinguished Educator's Informal Report on Life and Higher Education in the Soviet Union.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, [1960]. 
Octavo, navy blue cloth (hardcover), 125 pp. Fine, in a Very Good+ dust jacket with light edgewear. “...A perceptive, factual account by the President of the University of Pennsylvania of a trip he made, together with a small group of American college presidents, for the purpose of learning at first hand about higher education in the Soviet Union. Dr. Harnwell discusses in detail the institutions he visited in Moscow, Leningrad, Tbilisi, Samarkand, Tashkent, and Alma-Ata. At the different universities, technical schools, and medical institutions, he learned about courses of instruction, requirements for degrees, statistics on numbers of students and faculty, administrative structure, and so on...Russian Diary is more than an academic report; Dr. Harnwell has injected his own delightful descriptions of the trip itself -- of the cities visited, of the varying costumes, foods, music, and people encountered...” 
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7 Ignatiev, Count Paul N.; Odinetz, Dimitry M.; Novgorotsev, Paul J. Russian Schools and Universities in the World War. Introduction by Count Paul N. Ignatiev. Primary and Secondary Schools by Dimitry M. Odinetz. Universities and Higher Technical Schools by Paul J. Novgorotsev. [Economic and Social History of the World War].
New Haven, Connecticut: Published for The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace by Yale University Press, 1929. 
Octavo, black cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, uncut, mostly unopened, xxiv, 239 pp. Fine (As New) in a Near-Fine, mylar protected dust jacket, with tips clipped. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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8 Jacobs, Dan N. Borodin: Stalin's Man in China.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981. First Edition. 
Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), viii + 369 pp. Near-Fine, in a Near-Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: It is almost too much for one man to have experienced in a single lifetime, but it did happen. Mikhail Markovich Gruzeberg (1884-1951), alias Michael Borodin, had an astounding career; in the Russian revolution of 1905; a student, teacher, and socialist in Chicago, 1908-1918; a delegate of the Comintern in the United States, Mexico, England, and a dozen other countries; and finally Moscow's representative and a leader of the Chinese revolution, 1923-1927. His experiences brought him into contact with such political and cultural figures as Lenin, Stalin, Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, Cou En-lai, M.N.Roy, Anna Louise Strong, Carl Sandburg, Isadora Duncan, Clare Sheridan, and scores of ther luminaries of that time. Who was Borodin? As a professional revolutionary, he kept the details of his life purposefully vague.Vincent Sheean recounted an interview: When I asked him if he wanted to give me some facts -- some of the Who's Who sort of facts -- he smiled his slow expansive grin and shrugged, I was born in the snow, he said, and I live in the sun -- yes? What good are facts? The great merit of Dan Jacobs' wonderfully readable biography is that he has collected, sifted, and arranged the facts -- as many of them as we are apt to find until Soviet archives are opened -- about this fascinating man, who for a few years in the middle 1920s was spearheading the forces of the Kuomintang to victory in China... 
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9 Katkov, George. Russia 1917: The Kornilov Affair, Kerensky and the Break-Up of the Russian Army.
London: Longman, (1980). First Edition. 
Octavo, white cloth (hardcover), xiv, 210 pp. Inked notations to text; otherwise, a very attractive copy, in a Near-Fine dust jacket with slightly rubbed edges. From jacket: In The Kornilove Affair [George Katkov] examines the events surrounding the coup d'etat supposedly planned against the Provisional Govenment by General kornilov, the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces. Kerensky, by then already Prime Minister, and obsessed by the fear of mutiny, denounced Kornilov as a traitor and eventually had him arrested. He then appointed himself supreme commander of the armed formes. The ensuing upheaval led to a total disorganisation and loss of fighting capacity in the Russian army and, denuded of its military strength and exposed to its enemies, the 
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10 Nearing, Scott. Russia Turns East: The Triumph of Soviet Diplomacy in Asia.
New York: Social Science Publishers, 1926. 
Octavo, paperbound (stiff stapled red wrappers), 30 pp. Very Good, with light underlining in red pencil. Illus. with map. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 Okladnikov, A. P. Yakutia before Its Incorporation into the Russian State. Edited by Henry N. Michael, Arctic Institute of North America. [Arctic Institute of North America Anthropology of the North: Translations from Russian Sources, Number 8].
Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1970. First edition in English. 
Royal octavo, green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xli + 499 pp. Fine, in a Very Good, mylar protected dust jacket with light edgewear. From dust jacket: This is a translation of Okladnikov's definitive work on the prehistory and early history of the Yakut A.S.S.R. It discusses the origins and patterns of life of the Yakuts until their incorporation into the Russian state in the seventeenth century. The development of the Yakut tribes, though slower than that of inhabitants of warmer climates, was similar in its stages of transformation. Part I of the history is devoted to the distant past of the aboriginal tribes of Yakutia and their life in the Stone Age. Part II presents the Yakuts in the Age of Metal. Part III shows how these nomadic tribes became a nation and describes this nation's cultural and linguistic traditions before it was incoporated into the Russian state. 
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12 Prokudin-Gorskii, Sergei Mikhailovich. [Allshouse, Robert H.; editor]. Photographs for the Tsar: The Pioneering Color Photography of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Goskii. Commissioned by Tsar Nicholar II. Edited, with an Introduction by Robert H. Allshouse.
New York: The Dial Press, (1980). 
Quarto, brown leatherette, xxiii + 216 pp. Slick, full-color illustrations throughout. Fine, in a Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: The photographs in this extraordinary book are the work of a previously unknown pioneer in early twentieth-century color photography, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii -- commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II in 1909 to travel throughout the Russian Empire photographing things of interest and significance. To view these color images of an era we are accostomed to seeing in sepia tones is an experience of cultural shock -- a trip in a visual time machine to a vanished and exotic world that looks as though it had been captured by the photographer only yesterday. Prokudin-Gorskii, a chemist as well as a photographer, developed one of the earliest processes for taking color pictures and was the editor for many years of a St. Petersburg journal, The Amateur Photographer. During the six years he executed the Tsar's commission, he traveled vast distances in a special railway car outfitted with a darkroom -- to the Urals, the Caucasus, the Ukraine, Siberia, Finland, and as far east as Turkestan. Eminent in his own country, he became one of the countless emigres to flee Russia in 1918, disappearing into relative obscurity first in Norway, and later in England and France. Like Imperial society, he too was a victim of the upheaval of the Revolution. Prokudin-Gorskii managed to bring out of Russia his collection of nearly 2000 glass-plate negatives. This book, prduced with the cooperation of the National ARchives and the Library of Congress, contains 120 of his finest color photographs -- including the only extant phot in color of Leo Tolstoy. Another 120 have been reproduced in sepia from black-and-white prints. Photographs for the Tsar is a landmark contribution to the history of photography, destined to become a classic in its field. 
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13 Radishchev, Aleksandr Nikolaevich. A Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Translation by Leo Wiener. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Roderick Page Thaler.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1958. First American Edition. 
Octavo, blue cloth (hardcover), viii, [iv], 286 pp. Fine in a chipped dust jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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14 Yvon, M. What Has Become of the Russian Revolution. Translated by Integer.
New York: International Review, [1937]. 
Octavo, paperbound (stapled orange wrappers), 291 pp. Very Good, with underlining in pencil. Contents: Introduction; How the Soviet Worker Lives: Lodging, Food, Wages, Conditions of Work; The Level of Liberty of the Worker in USSR: Personal Liberty, Collective Liberty; The State and Classes: Official or Fictitious Power, The Real Power, The New Classes. 
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