New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Very Good- in Near Fine dj. 1930. First American Edition. Hardcover. (no dust jacket) [moderate wear to extremities, slight fading to spine cloth, light spotting on front cover, one-time owners' signatures on ffep; front hinge cracked, tissue guard over frontispiece portrait partially detached]. (frontispiece portrait photo) Memoir by the Russian revolutionary and Marxist theorist, who ran afoul of Stalin in the mid-1920s and ultimately was exiled from the Soviet Union in February 1929. He writes in his preface that he is "obliged to write these lines as an émigré -- for the third time -- while my closest friends are filling the places of exhile and the prisons of that Soviet republic in whose creating they took so decisive a part." (The preface was datelined "Prinkipo, 1929," Prinkipo being the Turkish island where Trotsky and his wife lived during the first four years of his exile. He would ultimately end up in Mexico City, where he was assassinated, on Stalin's orders, in 1940.) . (Inventory #: 24495)
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