Moscow: Tip. tov-va I.D. Sytina, 1917. Item #160
16 pp. In original printed wrappers. Covers rubbed with small tears of the spine. Piece of a contemporary newspaper with new alphabet glued to the front cover. Owner's pencil markings in the text.
First book on a new Russian orthography with rules of the spelling and grammar and a scientific explanation of the reform.
Pavel Nikitich Sakulin (1868-1930) - Russian doctor of philology and literature, member of Academy of Sciences. He was one of initiators of the Russian orthography reform. The orthography committee was created by Academy of Sciences in 1904. Some of suggested changes were pretty radical. It is widely believed that Bolsheviks and their despotism were the reason of this reform. True that the decree of the reform was first published just two months after the October revolution but it was being prepared for many years by the best Russian linguists of the time.
Nevertheless this reform became the symbol of change that Bolsheviks were bringing for the country. Russian organizations abroad (emigrants) disagreed with it and continued to follow pre-revolutionary rules.
This brochure was issued as a guidance how to use new Russian orthography. Because it was widely used most of the copies didn’t survive to this day.
Extremely rare. No copies according to Worldcat.