Prague: Izd. red. zhurn. "Vol'noe Kazachestvo" . Large octavo (24 x 16 cm). Original decorative wrappers by Mykola Bytyns'kyi; 274,  pp. With two folding maps and one folding chart. Very good; wrappers and last few pages a little dusty; else apparently unread. Item #2970
First and only issue of the émigré almanac published by the “Vol’noe kazachestvo” (Free Cossacks) group, a political organization of the Kuban Cossacks established in Prague in 1927. he group also published an eponymous journal (Prague, 1927- Paris, 1939) with this almanac as an extension. The almanac treats the history of the Kuban Cossacks, including images and histories of Cossack coats of arms, statistics of the Cossack populations and contains articles by 28 Cossack writers (such as Ign. Bilyi, F. Bykadorov, L. Samsonova) on the history and politics of the Cossacks; poetry on Cossack themes; and contributions arguing for the need to revive the Cossack nationalist spirit and to establish an autonomos Kazakia. llustrated with numerous drawings by Mykola Bytyns'kyi (1893-1972). The editor, Ignat Bilyi (1897-1973), was an active member of the Governance of the Kuban People’s Republic (1918-1920). This independent anti-Bolshevik Cossack republic in the southern region of Russia, was formed after the dissolution of the Russian Empire. It was eventually taken over by the Red Army, sending many of its leaders into exile and emigration with Bilyi among them. Settling in Prague, Bilyi became one of the founding members of the “Vol’noe kazachestvo” group, whose objective was both to keep alive Cossack national traditions and eventually to continue fighting for Cossack independence. Prague was at the time a key center of Russian emigre and especially Cossack publishing. Not in Savine. KVK, OCLC show copies at the LOC, Indiana, Hoover, Wisconsin, and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.