10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 12,500
L. MEKHLIS, I. VERITE, I. BOGOVY AND I. BAEVSKY
Geroicheskaia Epopeia -- Heroic Epic. Moscow: Pravda, 1935.
Quarto (348 x 254 mm). Complete with two flag-shaped place marks. Monochrome and color photographs and illustrations throughout, some folding, many mounted, clear printed acetate overlay. (Some creases mostly in the margins of the folding plates, some plates with small creases or tears along edges, overlay detached with some repairs and possibly unrelated.) Original white cloth, front cover blocked in silver, spine titled in silver (some soiling, small stain at front joint near head of spine); original printed acetate dust jacket (some minor chipping at extremities, a few chips to lettering on front panel, repair at head of spine panel); custom-made slipcase; black cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION, IN THE DUST-JACKET. "AMONGST THE GRANDEST SOVIET PHOTOBOOKS, the monumental Heroic Epic celebrates one of the most glorified events in 1930s Stalinist Russia -- the epic Arctic voyage of the icebreaking ship Chelyuskin. This tale of exploration was mythologized as much as the British expeditions of Shackleton and Scott" (The Photobook). The Photobook, vol. I, p.164 ("the photographs are for the most part splendid").
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