Item #1834 [SACCO AND VANZETTI] Pis’ma Sakko i Vantsetti [i.e. The Letters of Sacco and Vanzetti]
[SACCO AND VANZETTI] Pis’ma Sakko i Vantsetti [i.e. The Letters of Sacco and Vanzetti]

[SACCO AND VANZETTI] Pis’ma Sakko i Vantsetti [i.e. The Letters of Sacco and Vanzetti]

Moscow; Leningrad: Zemlia i fabrika, 1930. Item #1834

253, [2] pp. 21,5x15 cm. In original photomontage wrappers. Small fragment of spine lost, tears of cover edges, some soiling of covers, otherwise uncut pages of very good condition.

First Russian edition. One of 5000 copies. The translation of an American edition (1928) was undertaken by V. Dilevskaia.
The photomontage cover design was created by Solomon Telingater. The book doesn't credit him as a contributor, but later Telingater showed the cover proof in the 1963 personal exhibition.
The foreword for the Russian edition was compiled by Soviet Jewish writer and literary critic Aleksander Zonin (Eliazar Izrailevich Bril’; 1901-1962). Since the early 1920s, he was engaged in literary work collaborating with various periodicals. For 1930-1934, Zonin was sent to the Far East, “for opposition to the leadership of the literary movement in the country”. At the same time [or just before the exile] he debuted with his own stories. He was arrested in 1949 on charges of Trotskyism, cosmopolitanism and counter-revolutionary propaganda. He was sentenced to 10 years in a labor camp and served the term in Dzhezkazgan (Kazakhstan).
The correspondence was written by accused Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti sentenced to death in the USA. By 1926, the case had drawn worldwide attention. Both Sacco and Vanzetti were anarchists, against whom repressive actions began in the USSR at that time. However, the Soviet Union supported them as unfairly accused proletarians, revolutionaries and progressive figures. After the execution, memoirs and documents about them were published.
The collection was published posthumously, so the photomontage cover judgmentally features a picture of an electric chair and two death masks on the background of the USA flag.
The only copy is located in Stanford University.

Price: $1,250.00

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