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FEDOROV, Alexander; SOLOMONOV, Mikhail (illustrator).

Za Okean. [Over the Ocean].

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St Petersburg, Prometei, 1909

A scarce account of Jewish emigration from Russia to America by the notable writer Alexander Fedorov. Fedorov was known predominantly for his poetry but travelled on one of the ships to New York to write this journalistic piece, documenting the difficult journey which thousands had chosen to make. In his work he reflects on the pogroms and persecution which had taken place in the 'monarchical regime' of the Russian Empire and describes New York as 'like living 100 years in the future'. He is amazed that a young student can rent a room without anyone asking for his passport, without anyone following him or asking what he's doing, reading or thinking. On returning to his native Odessa, the sight of men with whips in their hands, revolvers in the belts and knives in their boots made him feel as if he was very much returning to the oppressive world of

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First edition, 8vo (21.5 x 14 cm); 13 pages of ads at the end, full page black and white photo reproductions and illustrations in the text, a few sporadic light stains to margins, closed tears to pp. 115-118 repaired, otherwise bright and clean; original illustrated gilt Art Nouveau style wrappers by Mikhail Solomonov, rebacked with original printed spine laid down on paper, spine a little creased, Russian bookseller's stamp with ink annotations to lower cover, some minor staining to wrappers, a very good copy. 211 pp.


Stock ID:107530

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