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The magazine for bibliophiles "Pro Knigi" ("About Books")

The magazine for bibliophiles "Pro Knigi" ("About Books") – is a quarterly educational magazine, that informs about old books, studying them, and also the questions of bibliophile’s history and the problems of book-collecting. It is published in Moscow since 2007. The circulation of the magazine is 2000, it is distributed both by retail and subscription.

"Pro Knigi" ("About Books") was supposed to be the keeper of traditions in the bibliophile periodical press of the beginning XX. Before it some magazines were published by a bookseller and collector N. Solovyev, “Anticvar” and “Russian bibliophile”. The board of publishers of the magazine has been led by the Head of the National union of Bibliophiles, the Head of Federal Agency of press and mass media, M. Seslavinsky, since 2008.

It is true that the magazine "Pro Knigi" ("About Books") is considered to be a real guide to bibliophile’s life of XXI. There are a lot of articles about rare books, published both in Russia and abroad, unique historical documents, the reviews of the results of Moscow auctions and the trading of Russian books at European and USA antiquarian bookselling fairs, “bibliophile travelling” to different cities of the world (Odessa, Firenze, Berlin, Paris, Genève, London, Ottawa, Barcelona). Such genre as “portraits of bibliophiles and old-time books admirers” is also reflected at the pages of the magazine: an interview with the literary critic and bibliographer L. Turchinsky, the French bibliophile Renne Gera, the graphic artist D. Bekker, the outstanding Russian mathematician, famous bibliophile M. Bashmakov, some fragments of the national artist of the USSR, O. Basilashvili’s reminiscences, the Siberian bibliophile B. Varava’s memoirs, the recollections of the soviet actor and bibliophile N. Smirnov-Sokolsy, the bibliographer and publisher P. Efremov, the book artist F. Rozhanovsky.

There are as well some subject magazines that describe events significant for Russian book culture, such as A. Block’s 130th Birthday, N. Gogol’s 200th Birthday, and also fascicles in memory of N. Gumilev and N. Smirnov-Sokolsky, 200 year anniversary since the end of the Great Patriotic War of the year 1812.

There are members of the National bibliophiles’ union, leading library contributors (RSL, RNL), contributors of museums, galleries, arts critics, book historians, and also experts in antiquarian book trading among the magazine’s authors. They are: a bibliologist E. Nemirovsky, bibliophile A. Finkelstein, a literary critic, Russian futurism researcher A. Parnis, a national graphic design classicist, arts critic V. Krichevsky. One of the leading Russian book graphic artists I. Sakurov and a famous national comic book artist A. Ayoshin work with the magazine.

A genuine interest among readers was aroused by bibliophilic anecdotes, illustrated by the great Russian artist I. Dmitrenko, and also a bibliophile comic story “The Moscow bibliophile’s revenge” (plot by M. Seslavinsky, pictures by A. Ayoshin).

Together with the National bibliophiles’ union, the magazine “About books” is the founder of honours “For the personal contributions to the development of national Bibliophilia in the name of N. Smirnov-Sokolsky”. O. Lasunsky, V. Petritsky, I. Chertkov (2013) and Y. Berdichevsky (2014) were awarded the medal.

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