[Text in Russian] Trud i Mirnaia Zhizn' (Toil and Peaceful Life) ... Istoriia Dukhobortsev Bez Maski (History of the Doukhobors Unmasked) [Inscribed and Signed]. UTOPIAN THOUGHT, S. F. REIBIN.

[Text in Russian] Trud i Mirnaia Zhizn' (Toil and Peaceful Life) ... Istoriia Dukhobortsev Bez Maski (History of the Doukhobors Unmasked) [Inscribed and Signed]

San Frantsisko: "Delo" [1952]. First Edition. Detailed account of the history of the Doukhobor, the Spiritualist Christian sect that arose out of Russia in the early 18th century. Known as "folk-Protestants" the Doukhobor rejected the Russian Orthodox church and, facing persecution and starvation, a substantial portion of members emigrated with the help of funds donated by Leo Tolstoy from royalties of his book "Resurrection" and other lesser titles in the last decade of the 19th century. Seventy-two hundred Doukhobora eventually settled on land granted them by the goverment in what is now Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where they established as many as sixty villages practicing communal living throughout the region. Members eventually splintered into three groups, the naturalized "Independent" Doukhobors; the smaller radical Sons of Freedom; and the orthodox Doukhobor, whose clashes with Canadian authorities led to the loss of their land in 1907. The last of these was led by Peter V. Verigin to privately buy land in British Columbia and the author of this present work served as his secretary and "primary scribe." Despite the negative wording of "unmasking" the Doukhobors, the account of the sect is in fact neutral to positive, the author maintaining good relations to the community at the time of writing. (Kind thanks to our colleague Dr. Joseph Kellner for his assistance in the cataloging of this item.). Octavo (21cm.); publisher's tan printed card wrappers; [6],338pp.; author portrait frontispiece, seven leaves of photographs printed on rectos and versos. Wrapper extremities a bit worn, light soil to upper cover, spine rather heavily cocked, else Very Good, internally fine. Text entirely in Russian. Inscribed and signed by the author in Russian on frontispiece verso with manuscript cancel on copyright page in the same hand, though in Roman letters, changing address to Box 1892, West Sacramento, Calif.

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