Beijing: Tipo-litografiia Russkoi Dukhovnoi Missii, 1919. Octavo. Recent full-leather binding with gilt title in Cyrillic to front board; lacking original wrappers; 501 pp. With all eight folding maps. Occasional light wear and nicks to margins; else a very good copy. Item #3549
A Russian history textbook intended for the quickly expanding Russian-speaking emigre community in China in the wake of the Russian Revolution. Beijing, the capital of the Republic of China, had been home to the Russian Mission since the late Qing era, but was quickly becoming a center for masses of political exiles from Siberia. The expanded production of educational and other print material from the presses of the Russian Religious Mission was meant to help Russian youth continue their education through the use of imperial-era textbooks with histories and primers reflecting the imperial legacy of the recently extinguished Romanov dynasty. This textbook by the famous Russian historian Sergei Fiodorovich Platonov (1860-1933) features eight fold-out maps that display the historical and territorial development of Russia up to 1917. The book, in fact, ends several months before the Revolution, in April 1917, with the fateful words "May God help us in this hard year of national trial!" The maps reflect an imperial history that was, by the book's publication in 1919, already a memory. Scarce; KVK, OCLC show eight copies, all in the US.