Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, 1921. Octavo (23 × 17 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 46,  pp. with twenty-nine black-and-white illustrations, several full-page. Small tear to lower left corner of front wrapper; else a very good copy. Item #5102
Early edition of this volume of satirical poems by Yefim Pridvorov (1883–1945), the pro-Bolshevik bard who published his verse and rhymes under the pseudonym Damian the Poor. Bednyi's "proletarian fables" were largely written before the 1917 Revolution, and first issued in the present form in 1917. Among them are, for instance, the poems "Mongoliia," "Zaraza," "Sotsial-zaiki," "Pauk, mukha i pchela," and "Gastroler." Writing in the late 1920s, the literary critic Aleksandr Voronskii summarized them as follows: "Simple, often somewhat vulgar, but always written in a lively, superb, popular language, sharp and expressive, with amusing and clever muzhik humor, the appeared at the most opportune moment possible... The agitational and propagandistic significance of Demian Bedny's poems are colossal" ("Ten Years of October and Soviet Literature"). With illustrations by A. K.
Scarce in trade. The present edition is held by Columbia, Harvard, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Iowa and University of Colorado (earlier editions can be found at Indiana, Miami University, and UCL).