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A.P. Chekhov: 25 Years Since the Day of Death (1904-1929). Rare album.

A.P. Chekhov: 25 Years Since the Day of Death (1904-1929). Rare album.

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[A.P. Chekhov: 25 Years Since the Day of Death (1904-1929)]. A.P. Chekhov: 25 Let so Dnia Smerti. (1904-1929).

Introduction by Yu. Sobolev.

Moskva-Leningrad, Gosudarstvennoe Izdatelʹstvo, 1929. 
Oblong 8vo, [8] pp., 24 plates. 

In original pictorial wrappers. 
In good condition, minor losses to spine, stain to top edge, stained to back cover.

Rare album featuring a brief biography of Chekhov and reproductions of rare photographs. One of 5 000 copies printed. 

These photos are sourced from the collections of the Chekhov House-Museum and the Moscow Art Theatre Museum. One of the most captivating images dates back to 1898, depicting Chekhov reading the text of 'The Seagull' to artists Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Konstantin Stanislavsky, Olga Knipper-Chekhova, and Vsevolod Meyerhold. The album also includes photographs from performances of 'The Seagull' (1898), 'Uncle Vanya' (1899), 'Three Sisters' (1901), and 'The Cherry Orchard' (1904) at the Moscow Art Theater, featuring a rare photo of Stanislavsky in the role of Ivanov (1904). The text is authored by Chekhov researcher Professor Yuriy Sobolev, who likely conceived the idea for this album. Sobolev, chairman of the Society of Anton Chekhov, was deeply involved in organizing anniversary events dedicated to Chekhov. In the preface, the author connects Chekhov's death with the fall of Port Arthur in the Russo-Japanese War, stating that 'Along with Chekhov, old Russia died'.

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