Melekess: Izd. Soveta Kr. kursov po podgotovke zaved. izbami-chital’niami, . 32 pp. 17x13 cm. In original printed wrappers. Spine repaired with marbled paper, tears of the spine, otherwise very good.
First edition. One of 250 copies. Signed by author on the front cover, some author’s corrections in the text.
Extremely rare provincial edition (Melekess is the small town in Ulyanovsk region) on izba-chital’nia (reading hut or rooms), the main tool in the Soviet campaign of eradication of illiteracy. The book gathered sketches from Skomorokhov’s lectures on organizing such cultural centers. For example, the founders had to select special days or hours for women and young men providing them freedom of discussions. The organizers also needed to have a direct connection between reading rooms and the local periodicals.
Overall interesting piece of the early Soviet provincial culture.
Worldcat doesn’t track this edition.