Pesni sovetskikh polei [Songs of the Soviet fields].; Biblioteka dlia krest’ian i rabochikh “Izba-chital’nia” [The “Reading hut” library for peasants and workers; series title].

Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, [1924?]. Octavo (21 × 14 cm). Original pictorial wrappers (initialled IF or KF); 31, [1] pp. Wrappers lightly dust-soiled; tiny closed tear to front wrapper; else about very good, partially uncut and unopened. Small oval stamp of Marcel Bekus (“Ex-libris Marcel Bekus”). Item #6039

First and only edition of this volume of proletarian poetry about the joys of village life and agricultural labor. Doronin was a member of the "Workers' Spring" [Rabochaia vesna] and "October" [Oktiabr'] group of proletarian writers. Born in the Tula region, he began publishing locally in 1919 and went on to become a typical poet of the transformations of village life under Soviet rule. The poems, with titles such as "A morning in the hut" and "The joy of work" are clearly influenced by Aleksei Gastev in their repetitive, simple, yet sonorous form and were probably intended to be chanted while working, or for reading aloud in a group. The wrappers feature advertisements for the "Reading Hut" (Izba chital'nia) series of literary works for peasants and workers. From the library of Marcel Bekus (1888–1939), the Polish-born Russian revolutionary and veteran of the 1905 Revolution in Russia. Bekus built a famous collection of books related to the revolutionary and socialist movement, but also the sciences, which was later dispersed. Not in KVK, OCLC, which only show a copy marked a war loss at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

Price: €350.00