Kak muzhik u vsekh v dolgu ostalsia [How the peasant came to owe everyone].

Ekaterinoslav: Burevestnik, 1917. Octavo (17 × 12 cm). Original printed side-stapled wrappers; 23 pp. Some stains and tears to wrappers; rear wrapper detached from block; internally good or better. Item #6898

A satirically intoned brochure exposing the injustice of land and labor distribution in the Russian Empire, written by the Russian revolutionary, writer and journalist Feliks Volokhovskii (1846-1914). Born into a noble family in Poltava (modern day Ukraine), Volokhovskii studied in Odessa and St. Petersburg, becoming involved in radical politics as a student in the late 1860s. Volokhovskii was especially active in the Russian revolutionary movements such as "Zemlia i Volia" (Land and Liberty) and later "Narodnaia Volia" (People’s Will), for which he was tried and sentenced to Siberian exile in 1878. Managing to escape via Japan and the US in 1889, he settled in London in 1890. Active in the European revolutionary underground, Volokhovskii became a kind of link between the Russian and European revolutionary movements, publishing widely in the foreign press and acting as head editor of "Svobodnaia Rossia" (Free Russia), a London based journal. The first edition of this text was published in Geneva in 1904 by the Socialist Revolutionary Party (SR), which he joined sometime in 1900. Published semi-clandestinely, the brochure went through many editions both in Europe and in Russia, with this item printed by a provincial publisher in Ekaterinoslavl (modern day Dnipro, Ukraine). KVK, OCLC show no copies of this edition. The 1904 (Geneva) edition is held at Harvard and Geneva. The 1905 (Paris) edition is held by Yale, Columbia, and London Library. The 1906 (St. Petersburg) edition is held by Indiana. UCLA holds an undated edition. The 1917 editions held only by the Russian State and National libraries.

Price: €200.00