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Zritel`: ezhenedel`no [The Spectator: a weekly], nos. 2, 3, 10, 15, 18-24, the special November 24 issue (1905), and no. 1 (1906). St. Petersburg: Tip. "Sever," 1905-06. Quartos (ca. 33 × 23 cm). Original pictorial self-wrappers; 8-16 pp. Each issue with black-and-white, and color, cartoons, drawings, and color title illustration. 980,00 EUR
Substantial run of the striking Russian satirical journal, the first of numerous anti-Tsarist publications to appear in the aftermath of the 1905 Russian Revolution. Cathy Porter notes that these journals were, in particular, a reaction to Bloody Sunday, a protest which left hundreds dead and many more wounded: "Alongside the struggle in street and factory was the struggle for the free press. Ministers and clerics suffered assassination more by the pen than the bullet as the revolution strove for the expression of powerful emotions long suppressed. A flood of satirical journals poured from the presses, honouring the dead and vilifying the mighty. Drawings of frenzied immediacy and extraordinary technical virtuosity were combined with prose and verse written in a popular underground language, veiled in allegory, metaphor and references to the past" (Blood & Laughter: Caricatures from the 1905 Revolution, pp. 18-19). Among the contributors during the journal`s short run were A. V. Amfiteatrov, Sasha Chernyi, Fedor Sologub, A. Chapygin, Dmitrii Tsenzor, and A. A. Shcheglov. Contributing artists include Dmitrii Nevskii, Sergei Chekhonin, and Nikolai Shestopalov. The poem contained hints of violence toward the Tsar himself and caused the censor to finally prohibit the publication; Artsybushev, the editor, was sentenced to a short jail sentence. Issue no. 24 was confiscated and is scarce; issue no. 25 was confiscated and destroyed at the printer`s and is of the greatest rarity. Smirnov-Sokol`skii 2229. About very good to very good issues, with occasional light wear, dust-soiling, and light stamps; only one issue with stain to wrappers.
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