Urch, R.O.G. The Rabbit King of Russia. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1939. British first edition. See description of condition below.
Reginald Oliver Gilling Urch (1884-1945) was an author and journalist who lived with his family in Moscow and taught English during the Revolution. They witnessed the change from Tsarist-autocratic to Bolshevist-autocratic rule. In 1918 Urch was arrested by the Cheka, due to an accusation of swindling. In 1922, Urch became the Russian affairs correspondent for The Times, a British daily.
In 1939 he published The Rabbit King of Russia. It features Grisha Philippoff, aka "The Rabbit King", who is driven to find a solution to the food crisis then facing Soviet Russia through rabbit farming. It also contains narratives of several other hilarious but nightmarish tragic Soviet projects. Written as an expose, with footnotes, of these hidden programs, Urch aimed at warning Western countries from making deals with Soviet Russia. An incriminating analysis of the core features of Stalinism.
This is a reading copy in reasonable condition. Spotting to spine, some oxidation marks on title page (see pic) and general soiling to back board. (Apparently someone who owned this book probably kept it in a cardboard box in their garage or basement for a long time.) 1 copy only.