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LENIN, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924). Autograph letter signed as President of the Council of People's Commissars (using both his birth name and his assumed name, 'V. Ulyanov (Lenin)') to 'Comrade members of the Russian Communist Party and comrades working in all Soviet organisms and institutions', Kremlin, Moscow, 11 November 1920, in Russian, 'I recommend to you the French communist, comrade Henri Guilbeaux, who speaks a little Russian.  I ask you to treat him with full confidence and to inform him of the details of matters underway and others', one page, 8vo (217 x 138mm), on paper with printed heading of the President of the Council of People's Commissars, contemporary stamp (short tears at folds, minor paste stains), laid onto paper; with a letter to Guilbeaux sending a carbon typescript of the 'Règlement de l'Académie Socialiste des Sciences Sociales' (present), 15 September 1918; and a related newspaper.
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LENIN, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924). Autograph letter signed as President of the Council of People's Commissars (using both his birth name and his assumed name, 'V. Ulyanov (Lenin)') to 'Comrade members of the Russian Communist Party and comrades working in all Soviet organisms and institutions', Kremlin, Moscow, 11 November 1920, in Russian, 'I recommend to you the French communist, comrade Henri Guilbeaux, who speaks a little Russian. I ask you to treat him with full confidence and to inform him of the details of matters underway and others', one page, 8vo (217 x 138mm), on paper with printed heading of the President of the Council of People's Commissars, contemporary stamp (short tears at folds, minor paste stains), laid onto paper; with a letter to Guilbeaux sending a carbon typescript of the 'Règlement de l'Académie Socialiste des Sciences Sociales' (present), 15 September 1918; and a related newspaper.

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LENIN, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924). Autograph letter signed as President of the Council of People's Commissars (using both his birth name and his assumed name, 'V. Ulyanov (Lenin)') to 'Comrade members of the Russian Communist Party and comrades working in all Soviet organisms and institutions', Kremlin, Moscow, 11 November 1920, in Russian, 'I recommend to you the French communist, comrade Henri Guilbeaux, who speaks a little Russian. I ask you to treat him with full confidence and to inform him of the details of matters underway and others', one page, 8vo (217 x 138mm), on paper with printed heading of the President of the Council of People's Commissars, contemporary stamp (short tears at folds, minor paste stains), laid onto paper; with a letter to Guilbeaux sending a carbon typescript of the 'Règlement de l'Académie Socialiste des Sciences Sociales' (present), 15 September 1918; and a related newspaper.

Published in facsimile in Guilbeaux's uncritical biography Le portrait authentique de Vladimir Ilitch Lénine (1924). The relationship between Lenin and the French socialist Henri Guilbeaux (1885-1938) was close, as witnessed by the invitation to Guilbeaux to accompany him on the famous sealed train to Russia in 1917 (see preceding lot). Guilbeaux was a French delegate at the Founding Congress of the Comintern in Moscow in March 1919, and the following month Lenin contributed a preface to his pamphlet 'Le Mouvement socialiste et syndicaliste français pendant la guerre'. Autograph letters by Lenin are rare on the market: according to ABPC/Americana on-line, only one other has been offered at international auction in the last ten years. (4)
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