Berlin: Slovo, 1925. Octavo (20 × 14.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; , 410 pp. Ink ownership inscription to the top of the title; a few occasional pencil remarks on margins; small chips along edges; some slight staining to the rear wrapper; minor loss at corner tips and spine extremities. Item #4425
First edition of the second part of the tetralogy “Myslitel’” ("The Thinker") by Mark A. Aldanov (1886-1957), the Russian writer, philosopher, and chemist who spent most of his life in exile. In the 1920s and 1930s, Aldanov published a series of historical articles and historical novels in Paris, which won him the acclaim of emigre critics such as Bunin, Khodasevich, and Nabokov. Beginning in 1940, Aldanov lived in the US, where he wrote Ul'mskaia noch', a philosophical dialogue on the theme of chance in historical change, illustrated by a number of case studies. From 1952 to 1956, he was also an important contributor to and associate of the Chekhov Publishing House.