[The Observer] No. 24.

St Petersburg, “Sever”/A. M. Lesman, 1905.

Sm. folio, pp. 12, with cover illustration by Shestopalov printed in orange and black and numerous illustrations in text printed in black, red and blue; a little stained and dust-soiled, but generally in good condition, folded as issued.


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A very rare number, confiscated by the authorities, of the very first of the satirical magazines to come out of the 1905 Revolution. 25 numbers were published, between 5 June and 11 December 1905, edited by Yu. K. Artsybyshev. Contributors include Fedor Sologub, and the artists Epifanov and Shestopalov, whose cover design for no. 24 is the ‘only work in 1905 to portray the alliance between worker, soldier and sailor’ (Cathy Porter, Blood & Laughter: Caricatures from the 1905 Revolution, London, Jonathan Cape, 1983, p. 38)

Russkaia satiricheskaia periodika 100; Dul’skii 1; Smirnov-Sokol’skii 2229.

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