St. Petersburg: Tipografiia A. S. Suvorina, 1894. Octavo (22 × 15 cm). Gilt-stamped decorative brown silk binding; white silk moire end papers; , 4-28 pp. With a four-page bibliography. Gilt faded; lower left corner of binding soiled and faded; front hinge broken; text very good. Item #2603
Rare pamphlet reproducing a speech given at the first congress of architects and industry experts in St. Petersburg, held at the behest of Emperor Nicholas II and Grand Duke Vladimir Aleksandrovich. Czarnocki outlines a proposal for a state-sponsored campaign to create safe woodblock housing for Russian peasants without relying on foreign labor or resources. He describes in detail the living conditions in regular "izba" constructions and the benefits for popular health and national prosperity of more modern types of housing. Charnotskii's passionate presentation appeals to national pride and patriotism; the lecture is rounded out by comparisons to similar foreign campaigns and followed by a list of relevant literature. Judging by the elaborate binding, this was a presentation copy, most likely to a high-ranking official, nobleman or benefactor from the Tsar's family. KVK, OCLC show a single copy at the New York Public Library.