8vo, pp. [viii], 227; evenly browned due to paper stock, ownership stamps on title and at the end; contemporary Polish black cloth, printed shelfmark label on spine; extremities a little worn from the library of the eminent Lviv doctor of philosophy, Mieczysław Dunin-Wasowicz, with his armorial bookplate and contemporary bookplate of a Lviv public library.
US $419 €357
Extremely rare first edition in Polish, anonymously translated and printed in nowadays Ukraine, of Stepniak’s most successful, translated and influential book.
Not in Kormanowa; we were able to locate only one other copy, in the State Library in Berlin.
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