10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 39,400
Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
ALEXANDER RODCHENKO AND VARVARA STEPANOVA
10 Let Uzbekistana SSR -- 10 Years of the Uzbekistan SSR. Moscow and St. Petersburg: OGIZ-IZOGIZ, 1934.
Quarto (285 x 230 mm). Numerous monochrome photographs printed in various tints, printed colored acetate overlays, fold-outs, maps, diagrams and illustrations, some of these printed in colors. Publisher's printed sheet listing the full production staff laid-in. (Soiling in some margins, occasional wear, one overlay reattached.) Original white plastic-coated boards and beige cloth spine, front cover blocked in green and gilt, spine lettered in gilt, endpapers consisting of 4 gelatin silver prints (covers bowed, spine gilt flaked-off, light wear, a preliminary leaf strengthened in the inner margin); cloth folding box.
RARE DELUXE ISSUE OF THE FIRST EDITION. A SUMPTUOUS PUBLICATION, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH GELATIN-SILVER PRINTS FOR ENDPAPERS, and bound in white plastic-coated boards -- an exotic binding material for the time. "ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF SOVIET PROPAGANDA BOOKS, AND ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS" -- following one of Stalin's purges the book became illegal literature, and owners were expected to mutilate the portraits of the recently disappeared -- or face reprisal (The Photobook). With photographs by E. Langman, A. Shterenberg, and others, and edited by M. Tursunkhodzhaev. With the portraits of politicians uncensored, and the publisher's printed leaf listing the full production staff laid-in. The Photobook, vol. I, pp.158-59 ("ONE OF RODCHENKO AND STEPANOVA'S FINEST DESIGNS"); The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1050.
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