Berlin: Grani, 1923. Octavos (18.5 × 12 cm). Contemporary quarter-leather bindings over five raised bands, with gilt title to spines; marbled boards and endpapers, with original front and back wrappers retained. Spines lightly rubbed; water damage to volume I, affecting spine as well as first and last few pages. Item #2060
Memoirs of Lev Grigor'evich Deutsch (Deich, 1855-1941), a Russian-Jewish revolutionary activist and early member of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party. In 1884, Deutsch was arrested in Germany and extradited to Russia, where he was tried for involvement in a terrorist attack and sentenced to thirteen years of hard labor in Siberia. He was eventually able to flee abroad, where he continued his political activities and helped form the Menshevik faction with G. Plekhanov and L. Trotsky. He returned from exile in 1917 and published these memoirs, recounting his struggle over the years, as well as other materials on the worker's movement in Russia. First published under the same title by Zadruga (Moscow, 1922). Our copy of this set was handled by the legendary Paris collector and book dealer Andrei Savine, who specialized in Russian emigre publications in the 1970-90s. His price, which corresponds to the file record held by the UNC Chapel Hill (no. 04401), is written in pencil on the rear fly leaf: "350 2 toma." It apparently passed through Savine's shop in the early 1980s.