First edition of Memoirs, signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa Gorbachev. Octavo, xxiv, 769pp. Gray cloth, title in silver print on spine. This is the first English edition, with publication statement on copyright page. Illustrated endpapers with maps of the Soviet Union. In publisher’s dust jacket, retail price on front flap, wear to top edge of back panel, light shelf wear, bright illustrations. Signed on the title page by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa Gorbachev.
Comments: Mikhail Gorbachev was the eighth and final general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His book, Perestroika, details his “restructuring” of the Soviet state to overcome economic stagnation that had plagued the country for many years. His wife, Raisa, was an advocate for the preservation of Russian cultural heritage. She died from cancer in 1999.