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Sovremennaia Rossiia: Ocherki nashei gosudarstvennoi i obshchestvennoi zhizni [Contemporary Russia: essays on our government and sociey]. Complete in two volumes.
St. Petersburg: Tipografiia A. S. Suvorina 1891 - Third Edition. Octavos (20 x 14 cm). Contemporary blue cloth, decoratively embossed in art nouveau style; decorative endpapers; 334 and 363 pp. Old exlibris to front pastedown; inventory number to title page; pencil annotation by Andrei Savine on rear fly leaf of the second volume. Spines faded; binding lightly scuffed and soiled, with small loss to spine head. An ambitious, opinionated, and virulently anti-semitic attempt to encapsulate the state of Russian government and society in the late nineteenth century. In two volumes, the author describes various administrative spheres, ponders the importance of curtailing the power of bureaucrats and the necessity to decentralize Russian government, and dwells on questions of national health, finances, art and culture. Three chapters are devoted to the role of foreigners in Russia, the status of Ukraine and Poland, and especially the so-called "Jewish Question" , characterized by virulent, hateful anti-semitic propaganda. The author, Konstantin Skal'kovskii, was a Russian administrative official, art critic, writer and journalist who served in the Mining Department and conducted geological studies in the Russian North as well as the Orenburg region, in addition to studying mining companies in the Ural, Moscow, and Olonets regions. He also oversaw the creation of numerous new mining-related educational initiatives and congresses. Additionally, he published articles on a wide range of topics in Russian newspapers, such as "Novoe vremia" and "St. Peterburgskie vedomosti", as well as historical studies, travelogues, and numerous other books on topics ranging from contemporary art to Russian politics. This copy was handled by the legendary Paris collector and book dealer Andrei Savine, who specialized in Russian emigre publications in the 1970-90s. His price is written in pencil on the rear fly leaf: "375 -.” It apparently passed through Savine's shop in the 1970-80s. Rarely seen in the trade. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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