BUMGARDNER, Eugenia S. Undaunted Exiles. Staunton, Virginia, The McLure Company, Inc., 1925.
8vo. Original red buckram, illustrated and lettered in gilt; pp. [viii], 230, plates after photographs; minimal wear to extremities, otherwise a very good copy.
Uncommon first edition, association copy, of this work on life among white Rusian exiles in the early 1920s in Istanbul, especially the huge remnants of Wrangel's army and the progressive but exiled members of the Russian Union of Cities. One of whose organizers was Adelaide Jecouline (Adelaida Vladimirovna Zhekulin, born 1866), whose portrait is the first in the volume, and she is mentioned in a loosely inserted letter, signed by the author. 'My dear Mrs Johnson: My very dear friend, Madame Adelaide Jecouline, has requested me to send you a copy of my book …'. On the front fly-leaf is Eugenia S. Bumgardner's presentation inscription to the recipient, dated 1932. The author, who lived in Staunton, Virginia worked for the Red Cross refugee relief in Istanbul, and encountered many high-ranking exiles.