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Russians in Shanghai - JIGANOFF, Vladimir Danilovich] - 1936. 
Izd.Slovo Shanghai 1936 - Folio (40 x 36 cm). 330 pp.; complete, the missing leaves numbers were never published (see Yale University library descriprion). Original cloth binding with metal corner plates and lettering; very slightly worn at foot and head of spine, a small (8 mm) tear to spine. Very scarce émigré album published in a limited edition of 300 copies only; in its original luxurious binding. The author and editor of the album Vladimir Zhiganov (1896 - 1978) was captain of the White movement. After the revolution he was forced to immigrate to Shanghai in 1925, where he organised the Society of Medical mutual aid. Jiganoff was determined to preserve memory about the Russian diaspora that revolution brought to Shanghai in the 1920s. With not much of external help and very restricted finances he spent 5 years meticulously collecting information about the Russian emigrants, their initiatives and achievements in the city that became their new home. Jiganoff personally interviewed around 2000 people. Multiple biographies and essays are accompanied by 1600 photographs, half of which were specially taken for the publication. The album opens with a brief introduction into the history of Russian emigration to Shanghai, which is followed by sections on Russian educational establishments, charities, businesses, Russian sportsmen, singers and dancers, and official events for the Russian diaspora. The grand binding of the album and fine paper give away a deceptive impression of an official state-sponsored kind of publication. Only small details like occasional errata slips pasted directly on top of original printed text and manually stamped rather than printed page numbers prove that this publication was made possible solely through immense efforts and determination of one man. Due to financial constraints and pressure from the advertisers to finally release the album it was published without several leaves, which apparently were planned to be sent to the subscribers later along with some supplements. However, this did not happen. Other copies collation of which we were able to check, including the ones in public libraries, lack the same leaves as the offered one. Very rare and important record of the Russian emigration to the Far East. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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