"Awards of Soviet Republics", Nikolai Strekalov, Igor
Sysolyatin, C 2012, Moscow, "Collector's Books" series.
Hard covered, Russian text, 640 pp, large 11 ¾ " x 9" x 1 ¼"
format; contains hundreds of color and black & white
This is the fourth book of the landmark "Collector's Books"
reference series and although similar in quality, it far
surpasses the previous three in breadth of material it
covers. This massive volume is about three times the size of
the "Order of the Red Banner" and nearly twice as large as
the "Order of the Red Star", the third book of the series.
Although based in part on the much earlier "Order of Soviet
Republic" classic by Kutsenko, the work by Sysolyatin and
Strekalov is literally light years ahead of the former. The
new book provides collectors with the truly comprehensive
and modern photo reference guide. It covers not only orders
but also medals and badges of all Soviet republics that once
had an autonomous award system.
The close-up photos are superb and the depth of the
narrative is nothing short of amazing. The authors had
obviously conducted a tremendous amount of research which
resulted in some remarkable discoveries: the book has photos
of some of the "republican" awards which are not even
mentioned in any previously published literature. Many of
the variations and trial versions are also shown for the
first time ever. Of special interest to collectors is
detailed information on manufacturing, number of issues, and
currently known number of awards in private and museum
collections. Additionally, the book has very comprehensive
lists of recipients often accompanied by award serial
All in all, this is a fantastic and indispensable reference!
Even if you are not planning to acquire any of the rare and
expensive orders and medals presented in this guide, this
book is a treat to anyone interested in the early Soviet
decorations or Soviet history in general.
The book is in brand new condition, wrapped in original
plastic cover, but it has acquired mild corner bumps in
transit from Russia. Otherwise mint.