8vo, pp. 101, ; light browning throughout; in the original stiff paper wrappers with a portrait of Babel by Natan Al’tman, dustjacket in white, black and green reproducing the portrait (some edge-wear).
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Stat’i i materialy [Articles and materials].
First edition, from the ‘Academia’ series ‘Masters of Contemporary Literature’, including an autobiographical sketch by Babel, and three biographical or critical essays by Nikolai Stepanov, P. I. Novitsky and G. A. Gukovsky, plus a list of Babel’s works. Other writers in the series included Zoshchenko, Pil’niak and Shklovsky.
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