Harbin: Izdatel'stvo M. V. Zaitseva, 1943. Octavo (18.5 × 13 cm). Original printed wrappers; , 46 pp. Very good or better. Item #6177
A curious nationalist analysis of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, which the author declares to be the most significant work of music to emerge from Russia, far more powerful than anything composed by members of "The Mighty Handful." The author notes that Russian music has been unjustly ignored by Western European critics and sets Tchaikovsky alongside Beethoven in his treatise. Kodzhak (1897-1967) was a Russian emigre writer and philosopher, who fought on the side of the White Army during the Civil War, both in Harbin and Chita. After settling in France in 1922, he returned to Harbin in 1929, before eventually resettling to Australia. The print runs of Russian-language publications under the Japanese-administered Manchukuo state typically ranged from two to three hundred copies. As an added curiosity, per Japanese requirements the rear wrapper features a detailed list of names and addresses of editors, publishers, typesetter and printer, as well as the dates according to both Common Era and the time since the establishment of Kangde rule (10 years less 11 months and 18 days). KVK, OCLC show copies at the Library of Congress and University of Berkeley only. Not held by the Russian State or National Library.