Moscow: Gos. izd-vo, 1926. Item #1599
155,  pp.: ill. 20,5x14 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Fragments of spine lost, covers slightly worn and soiled, pencil note on lower margin of p. 77, otherwise very good and clean internally.
First and only edition. One of 10 000 copies. Very rare.
A juvenile edition about a voyage from Odessa to Vladivostok through the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. It was undertaken by an author of venture novels and travel books for children, Vladimir Verevkin (1904-1938) together with a VKHUTEMAS graduate, artist Viktor Dobroklonskii (1902-1960) who illustrated this book with photographs and drawings.
Their route started by train from Moscow to the Odessa port. There the duo changed to a steamship ‘Transbalt’ which was the greatest vessel of the Soviet trade fleet. Built in 1899, the steamship was sold to the Russian government in 1905 and named ‘Riga’. She changed the name after the Revolution and served as a cargo ship until World War II. In 1945, ‘Transbalt’ was attacked and sunk in the Sea of Japan.
Travelers visited Istanbul, reached but didn’t enter Port Said, Colombo, Singapore, visited the Philippines, Shanghai, Vladivostok and returned to Moscow by train. During the voyage, the author described settlements and local people, created wall newspapers, received broadcasting, observed actions and manners of a crew, as well as internships of the Navy Institute. Verevkin also managed to make a sortie by taxi to see Singapore streets.
The text is illustrated with photographs of Philippine women and children, Manila football team, Chinese boy scouts, Egyptian schoolboy, elephant riders in Colombo, also drawings of Istanbul street and port, carpet weavers in Colombo, the steamship ‘Transbalt’, black washerwoman in Singapore and some other pictures from this trip.
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Price: $850.00Status: On Hold