New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1917. viii, 381 pp. Sm. 8vo. Cloth with gilt titles. First edition. A bright, near fine, unopened (uncut) copy in a near fine lightly rubbed dust jacket. Item #40147
Second volume in the series of "The Slavic Translations" by Leo Wiener. V.V. Veresaev was the pen name of Vikenty Vikentyevich Smidovich (1867-1945) a physician and prolific writer who had already been banned from St. Petersburg and Moscow for his earlier work, Memoirs of a Physician (1901), critical of Russian medical education. This memoir of the Russo-Japanese War "sketch[ed] the whole campaign in such a way as to deprive war of the last vestige of respect.... The abyss has been reached. The ignorance, incompetence, negligence and brutality of the superior officers are described in painful detail, and now even the soldiers have lost the aureole with which Tolstoy surrounded them. As a human document Veresaev's 'In the War' is of prime importance. It is the most complete analysis of the ingloriousness of war yet obtained," (Weiner, Foreword, p. viii). Very scarce in the printed dust wrapper.