Ransel, David L. MOTHERS OF MISERY: Child Abandonment in Russia
Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, (1988). 069105522X / 9780691055220 First edition. Hardcover. Faint soiling to the covers, else near fine in burgundy cloth; in an illustrated dust jacket. Jacket illustraton ''A Mother'' by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin. 330 pages, thirteen b&w illustrations, nineteen figures, twenty-eight tables, bibliography, and an index.
A history of the homes for abandoned children that were established in the middle of the eighteenth century by Empress Catherine II, and reached their peak in the late nineteenth century when the Moscow homes were receiving 17,000 children each year.