POLEZHAEV, Petr Vasilevich. Za shest let (1906-1912 g. g.). Saint Petersburg, [A. S. Suvorin], 1912.
8vo. Contemporary black quarter morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered vertically in gilt art nouveau type; pp. 175; very light wear to edges only; apart from light even browning due to paper stock a very good copy; provenance: 1930s Estonian stamp and release stamp, dated 2002, on title-page; a beautiful copy.
First edition of this Tsarist propaganda text, analyzing the six years after the 1906 revolution, and reporting on the unrest spreading throughout the Empire, among workers and students, reporting of rural terrorism (expropriation of the expropriators), bank robberies to fund revolutionary organizations, armed uprisings, strikes, relentless agitation via the press and the First Duma, which had been dissolved rightfully by the government, as it merely served as a platform for the agitators of oppositional propaganda. Polezhaev, who earlier had written a couple of books on Russian history, reports as well on uprisings in Crimea during these years, the declaration of Odessa as a Free City and the activities of the former Duma member and Jewish Socialist cadet leader Osip Yakovlevich Pergament. Polezhaev praises also the financial reforms introduced by prime-minister Stolypin, using statistics suggesting they improved Russia's economy. A French edition, translated by the ultra-conservative journalist Gaston Dru, appeared in the same year as the present edition.
COPAC locates copies at Cambridge and UCL only, the BL holds a copy as well.