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Dos Passos, John

The 42nd Parallel. First Russian book edition.

The 42nd Parallel. First Russian book edition.

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Dos Passos, John [The 42nd Parallel]. 42-aia Parallel’.

Translation by Valentin Stenich.
Cover design by A. Ushin.

Moskva-Leningrad, GIKhL, 1931.
8vo, 376 pp.

In original pictorial boards.
Near good condition, boards worn, rubbing to extremities, corners lightly rubbed, minor losses of paper to spine, split at front and back joint, owner signature to title. 

First Russian book edition of the novel, the first part of Dos Passos' U.S.A. trilogy.

Before this edition, only extracts had been published in periodicals.
The translation was prepared by Valentin Stenich (1897-1938), a poet who also translated James Joyce's 'Ulysses' into Russian. Stenich was arrested in November 1937 and executed. All editions of Dos Passos's books were banned in Russia until 1958.
The cover design was created by graphic artist and book illustrator Alexey Ushin (1904-1942). Ushin tragically lost his life during the Siege of Leningrad.

Libman, # 2286.

OCLC locates three copies of this edition: in the Yale University Library, the University of Virginia Library and the Duke University Library.

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