Leningrad: Izdatel’stvo pisatelei, 1934. Item #1037
64 pp., 36 ills. 32x28 cm. In original cloth with silver lettering on the spine and stamped image of the ship on the front cover; in original cloth case with mounted illustrations on both sides; illustrated endpapers. Foxing on the covers, tears of the front endpapers, ink inscription on front pastedown, otherwise mint.
First and only edition. #477 of 2850 copies produced.
Rare and richly illustrated account of the voyage on an icebreaker ‘Alexander Sibiriakov’, well-known for the first successful route from Arkhangelsk to Vladivostok in single navigation without wintering. Among editions dedicated to this voyage, this book is highlighted by 36 black and white illustrations by Lev Kantorovich (1911-1941) who was the Soviet writer, screenwriter and amateur artist. He was close enough with the artist V. Lebedev who influenced Kantorovich’s works. In 1932, he joined this polar expedition as a sailor and created these eyewitness sketches.
Its author, Mikhail Diakonov (1885-1938) wrote a range of popular books on foreign Artistic expeditions basing on translations of his sons. He was blamed for anti-Soviet propaganda and executed in 1938.
Worldcat shows copies in Hawaii and New York Universities, Dartmouth Library, NYPL.