God revoliutsii: vospominaniia ofitsera general’nogo shtaba za 1917-1918 goda [The year of the revolution: memoirs of an officer of the general staff of 1917-1918].

Tallinn: ERK, 1929. Quarto (19.5 × 17 cm). Later brown buckram, original wrappers not preserved; 60, [1] pp. Stamps of Bibliotheque de l'union Galipoli, Paris, and Lycee Russe Empereur Nicolas II to title and first page. Light wear; overall about very good. Item #6696

First edition. The first of three memoirs by the White émigré officer Eduard Vertsinskii (1873–1941), this text describes his experiences in the first year of the Russian Revolution, under the command of General Kornilov and as the first quartermaster general of the Main Directorate of the General Staff. A nobleman, Vertsinskii began his service in the Russian Imperial Army in 1890 and took active part in WWI. After the fall of the White Army, Vertsinskii was forced to flee the Bolshevik regime, immigrating to Estonia in 1923. In 1929 he published this first memoir. His second memoir, dedicated to his experiences in WWI, “Iz mirovoi voiny: boevyia zapisi i vospominaniia komandira polka i ofitsera general’nogo shtaba za 1914–1917 gody” (From the World War: battle notes and memories of the regiment commander and an officer of the general staff for 1914–1917) was published in Tallinn just two years later. His memoirs provide invaluable information about the military actions by their immediate participant. After the annexation of Estonia by the Soviet Union in 1941, Vertsinskii was arrested and sentenced to death. Savine 17509. Scarce in the trade.

Price: €225.00