Istoriia Sankt-Peterburga-Petrograda, 1703-1917 : putevoditelʹ po istochnikam (The history of St Petersburg/Petrograd, 1703-1917 : a guide to sources) is a remarkable piece of work, and our set has just been expanded with four new volumes. The level of detail displayed by the compilers is quite staggering, reflected in the detail of the volume enumeration: our new arrivals are volume 3, issues 5 and 6, each printed in two parts, i.e. 3/5/1, 3/5/2, 3/6/1, 3/6/2. They join 1/1, 1/2, 3/1, 3/2, 3/3, and 3/4. The mysterious volume 2 has yet to be published.
A recent addition to the Library’s online Revolution exhibition is a book about the controversial White General Lavr Kornilov who was killed in 1918. Having identified it in the catalogue by searching for Kornilov, I strangely couldn’t find the record when I later searched by its author. Our catalogue record, it transpired, was for the wrong book…
The six exhibits for the April 1918 part of the exhibition; the Kornilov book is top left.
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Three recent acquisitions – The Russian theatre (New York, 1922), Bonfire : stories out of Soviet Russia (London, 1932), and A history of Russian literature (1927) – bear marks of provenance that make their addition to the Library’s collections particularly valuable. The first, for example, contains a lengthy dedication to the Ballets Russes choreographer Michel Fokine from theatre producer Morris Gest.
Oliver M. Sayler’s The Russian theatre is a much-expanded version of an earlier work, The Russian theatre under the Revolution, and covers theatrical work in late Imperial and early Soviet Russia as well as Russian theatre in other countries. On the flyleaf in our copy (at Syn.5.92.110) is the following text:
To Michel Fokine, To whom America and in fact the whole world is indebted for his great artistry and for his genius which spoke the first word for Russia to America through his great creations of the Ballet Russe. For myself I shall always cherish the moments of our association and always be proud of knowing you! Affectionately, Morris Gest
A University Library exhibition commemorating the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo opens to the public this Friday. Among the exhibits is a Russian book reporting the Imperial Army’s offensives against the French in 1813. One of its contributors, Field Marshal Kutuzov, was the subject of the first Slavonic item of the month, exactly two years ago.
The book in question is Izviestiia o voennykh” dieistviiakh” Rossiiskoi Armii protiv frantsuzov”, pervoi poloviny 1813 goda [Reports on the military operations of the Russian Army against the French in the first half of 1813; 8586.d.84]. This 155-page volume, the second of two published, contains sources from the Russian pursuit of the Grande Armée far into Prussia in the months that followed the catastrophic close of Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia.