LETTERS FROM RUSSIAN PRISONS: Consisting of Reprints of Documents by Political Prisoners in Soviet Prisons, Prison Camps and Exile, and Reprints of Affidavits Concerning Political Persecution in Soviet Russia, Official Statements by Soviet Authorities, Excerpts from Soviet Laws Pertaining to Civil Liberties, and Other Documents.
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1925. First edition. Includes 22 letters by "Celebrated Intellectuals" many of whom were Nobel Prize recipients including Karl Capek, Albert Einstein, Selma Lagerlof, Sinclair Lewis, Maurice Maeterlinck, Thomas Mann, Romain Rolland, Bertrand Russell, Upton Sinclair, H. G. Wells, Rebecca West, Izrael Zangwill, et al. Published in the U.S. by Boni and the UK by The C. W. Daniel Company for the International Committee for Political Prisoners (I.C.P.P.) whose members, who are listed opposite the title page, included Jane Addams (the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize), Clarence Darrow, Anna N. Davis, Eugene Debbs, W. E. B. DuBois, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Elisabeth Gilman, et al. The I.C.P.P. was established in 1924 to agitate for the release of and raise funds for political prisoners around the world. “An impetus to the committee's formation was the imprisonment of Menshevists, Social Revolutionaries, Maximalists, Anarchists, and other dissenters in the U.S.S.R. Consequently, the committee's first major effort was the publication of LETTERS FROM RUSSIAN PRISONS in 1925. This book profiled imprisoned revolutionaries, and its criticism of the Soviet government generated controversy in leftist circles.”—from the website of the New York Public Library. 8vo black pebble-cloth boards stamped in gilt and ruled on front in blind; top edge red; illustrated with photographs of original documents & letters; 317 pages. Spine gilt perished (if it was ever there) otherwise very good with contents fine and binding strong.