Set in Russia at the time of the First World War, "Testament" is the story of a friendship between two men - the narrator, Alexei Ottravesko, a career soldier who has returned to the army after several years in exile in Siberia for political activities, and Anton Scheffler, a radical lawyer who has volunteered for wartime military service. When ...Read MoreSet in Russia at the time of the First World War, "Testament" is the story of a friendship between two men - the narrator, Alexei Ottravesko, a career soldier who has returned to the army after several years in exile in Siberia for political activities, and Anton Scheffler, a radical lawyer who has volunteered for wartime military service. When Scheffler refuses to obey an order to lead a detachment of men he considers unfit for duty back to the front, he is arrested and threated with court-martial. But communists and their allies, who hail him as a champion of the workers' interest, decide to take up his cause. First published in 1939, "Testament" reveals to us glimpses - from the battlefield and the Orshaskaya drawing-rooms, from street corners and prison camps - of the separate, precious lives of individuals fighting for the moral good. It is a novel steeped with political ideals, with philosophical truths, and with personal heroism.Read Less
VG/VG. 8vo in blue cloth boards. DJ is off-white, title on spine in black. Inscribed and signed by author Hutchinson on front endpaper. Spine of boards slightly bowed, light rubbing to edges of boards, light general sun staining. DJ has light wear to edges, moderate sun staining and agetoning to DJ, DJ in protective mylar sleeve. Light foxing to endpapers, edges of textblock lightly agetoned, pages are clean. Tearing to rear gutter, binding intact but slightly loose. 732 pp. Shelved Hardcover Fiction. Dupont.
Very good in very good dust jacket. UK first impression, SIGNED to 'Book Society' Bookplate designed by Robert Gibbings, and affixed to ffep. There is also owner name to same bookplate, possibly in Hutchinson's hand. The book is VG with very slight knock to one corner in VG jacket with a few nicks to top of spine and some light grubbiness. Cassell 1938. 0.0 0.0" 0.0 0.0.
Very good. First Edition. Scarce Title. Novel whose central character is a Russian Count, a St. Petersburg lawyer who defended political prisoners during the pre-war days. A distinguished officer during the war, he was court-martialed for refusing to lead wounded men into active service. Near Fine dustjacket, with only light wear to spine ends.
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