Moscow: Universal’noe izdatel’stvo, 1924. Item #770
504,  pp., 11 ills. 23x16 cm. In modern quarter leather with gilt lettering on the spine, the original wrappers are preserved.
First and only edition. One of 3000 copies.
This is a comprehensive study on the interaction between people and animals by the well-known circus performer and animal trainer Vladimir Durov (1863-1934). He invented an innovative approach to training based on the works by Sechenov, Pavlov and Bekhterev, the last two scholars took part in Durov’s research personally. His approach to training intended to be the interaction of two living beings that got familiar with principles and traits of each other. In contrast to the contemporary views on animal behavior based on only reflexes, Durov declared that the mood and the personal worries of animals are important as well.
The book consists of three parts: observations of animal behavior, some remarkable performances of trained animals and criticism of contemporary behaviorist theories as well as overview of his own theory. Among them is the possibility of hypnosis and even telepathy. The book includes the photographs, scheme and description of the experiments that Durov set together with a Soviet pioneer of telepathy and biological radio communications Bernard Kazhinskii in the early 1920s. While these tests proved that the thought transmission could be indicated by special devices, for Durov’s research these experiments were evidence of the high level of the animals’ perception.
Worldcat shows only two copies located in New York Public Library and Cleveland Public Library.