WADSLEY, Olive.
FIRST LOVE
WADSLEY, Olive. Pervaia liubov’. Roman. Perevod s angliiskogo Very Gorovskoi [First Love. A Novel. Translated from the English by Vera Gorovskaya].
[Kiev:] Izdatel’stvo „Kul’tura“ Gostresta „Kiev-pechat’“  1928.
8vo (172 × 127 mm), pp. [3]–217, [3]; scattered spotting/staining throughout, old repairs to the fore-margins of pp. 214 and 216, private ownership stamps to title; old cloth, front cover of the original illustrated wrappers laid down.
First edition in Russian of First Love (1928), in which Wadsley ‘does herself proud with a fair-haired vamp who is quite prepared to let her lover hang rather than confess he was (innocently enough) in her bedroom at the time of a murder. However, he escapes from prison, and (Miss Wadsley’s readers will be relieved to hear) from the vamp’ (Sunday Times, 1 Apr. 1928).

It appears Wadsley (1885–1959) was popular with the reading public in the early Soviet Union, and her works were translated very quickly; the National Library of Russia catalogue shows dozens of editions of her works (1920s), with some being reprinted as recently as the 1990s.

Not in WorldCat.
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