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Wells, H.G.

The War That Will End War. Signed by the translator.

The War That Will End War. Signed by the translator.

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Wells, H.G. [The War That Will End War]. Mech Mira. 

[Preface and translation by G. Nazarov].

Petrograd, Tip. Imperatorskogo uchilishca glukhonemykh, 1915.
8vo, VIII, 132, [2] pp.

In publisher’s wrappers. Signed and inscribed to title.
In good condition, rebacked, small losses to spine, with owner mark to spine, slight browning cover, tear to back cover, occasional foxing.

One of the two first editions of Wells's 'The War That Will End War' (1914) published in Russia in 1915. The only edition of this translation. 
Signed and inscribed by the translator, staff captain Grigorii Nazarov, an employee of the Petrograd Military Censorship Commission, to his colleague, lieutenant Medar: 'Leitenantu Medar, / sotrudniku po voennoi tsenzure. / Na pamiat ot perevodchika / 13/IX-16 / Petrograd / G. Nazarov'. [To Lieutenant Medar, / a colleague in military censorship. / As a memento from the translator / 13/IX-16 / Petrograd / G. Nazarov]. This inscription is the only way to identify the translator, who wasn't mentioned in the edition.

Wells published a number of articles in London newspapers immediately after the outbreak of the war, discussing the destruction of the old life and the opening of a path for new advances. The book edition was issued in the same year. While Wells was very popular in Russia, he was known primarily as a fiction writer. However, this collection of articles about the war garnered interest from the military, leading to its immediate translation.
This was the only translation prepared by Grigorii Nazarov. During the Great War, he served in a fortress artillery regiment and was awarded the Order of Saint Anna (2nd class) in 1916. 
Unfortunately, the original text was heavily edited, and all unflattering remarks about Russia's role in the war were omitted. For example, the sentence about 'the reunification of the three fragments of Poland' was published without the suggestion to the Tsar of Russia to 'crown himself King of Poland'.

We couldn't trace any copy of this edition via OCLC.

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