1882. Kostroma: Tipo-litografiia A. Fal'k, 1882. Small quarto (23 × 15.6 cm). Contemporary pebbled boards; gilt title to front board; 98 pp. Two folding maps, partially in color. Spine recently re-backed; corners scuffed; faint Soviet bookstore stamps to rear pastedown; still about very good.
Rare provincial imprint, which argues against the historian Nikolay Kostomarov, who questioned the heroic acts of Ivan Susanin, a Russian martyr figure from the Time of Troubles, known for leading astray a Polish detachment in search of the Tsar's family. After the soldiers perished in the woods during the winter, Susanin was supposedly subjected to torture by the Poles, but refused to reveal the location of the Tsar and his family. Out of gratitude for his service, Tsar Mikhail later granted Susanin's son in law a large plot of land near Kostroma. Kostomarov doubted the narrative about the faithful Russian peasant's feat of honor, and is here answered by Samarianov based on deeds and various other documents from local archives, previously unknown to scholarship. With two lithographed maps, partly in color, of the Kostroma Guberniia and the surroundings of the village of Domnino. We cannot trace any copies at Russian or Western auctions. Not in KVK, OCLC. As of August 2019, we only locate two copies of the second edition (Riazan', 1884), at Chicago and the Hillwood Museum Library. Book ID: P5794