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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First edition: a kind of intellectual detective story in which the reader becomes a collaborator in the solution of a crime as much his own creation as it is the author’s.
Chtets-deklamator. Khudozhestvennyi sbornik stikhotvorenii razskazov i monologov dlia chteniia v divertismentakh, na dramaticheskikh kursakh, literaturnykh vecherakh i t. p. I. Declamatorium [in Roman type]: proza i stikhi. II. Satira i iumor. S portretami pisatelei i artistov Mosk. khudozh. i Imperatorskikh teatrov. Izdanie vtoroe. Tom vtoroi [The Reciter. An artistic collection of poetry, tales, and monologues for reading at entertainments, drama courses, literary evenings etc. I. Declamatorium: prose and verse. II. Satire and humour. With portraits of the writers and artists of the Moscow Art and Imperial Theatres. Second edition. Volume II].
Ivan and Fyodor Samonenko’s hugely popular series . There were at least 12 editions before the Revolution, highlighting Russia’s passion for performance at the time. The first volume, containing lyric poetry and humorous verse, had appeared in 1902. A second volume, in 1905, of which this is the second edition, expanded by over 150 pages, added prose. Further volumes came out in 1908 (verse and prose), 1909 (contemporary poetry, including from America and Europe), and 1916 (humour and satire).