Published as part of a popular series of Soviet brochures, this is one of three known examples and includes many famous photographs of Houdini, including depictions of his Shelton Pool stunt, and spirit séance exposés.
I first became aware of this book last year when Alexey Kozlov, a blogger and Houdini buff from Belarus, shared a copy here on WILD ABOUT HARRY. I'm not sure if this is when the Houdini world in general first learned of its existence, but I believe this could be the first time a copy has appeared at auction.
Watch for my full report on the Midwest Magic History Weekend in Marshall later this week.
UPDATE: REPORT: The Midwest Magic History Weekend 2015.