Mezhdunarodnaya kniga: Moscow, 1927. Item #131
16 pp. 21x13,6 cm. Original wrappers. Very good condition.
The brochure was compiled by Petr Shibanov (1864-1935), the most well-known antiquarian bookseller of the time containing the short list of rarest Russian books. There are only 378 books in the list with prices that Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga (i.e. The International bookshop) is ready to pay for them. This brochure became a talking point for a long while because of the book selection and the prices – some younger booksellers didn’t like criteria of the selection. Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga along with Torgsin was responsible for selling several important Russian manuscripts from museums to the West in 1930s.
This catalogue now regards as a classic bibliography for any collector of Russian books. Now to have even 1 book from the list in a collection should be considered as a remarkable achievement.