10 April 2008
Industriia Sotsializma -- Socialist Industry. Edited by B.M. Tal. Moscow: IZOGIZ, 1935.
7 parts, quarto (355 x 260 mm). Numerous black and white photographs, color illustrations, maps and diagrams, many of these folding, cut-outs and overlays, folder with one large folding map and one folding view. Contents loose as issued in original cloth backed printed wrappers, original pictoral cloth portfolio; black cloth folding case.
Gelatin silver print (240 x 182 mm) of the COVER ILLUSTRATION by Anatoli Skurikhin "Komsomol Constructors of the Kuznetski Combine with the Transitory Red Banner." 1928-32. With title and dated in Cyrillic in pencil on the verso, inscription stamped. Printed on glossy paper with glassine paper attached with tape to edges, black crop marks drawn with marker on paper over image.
FIRST EDITION, IN REMARKABLE CONDITION, AND WITH A GELATIN SILVER PRINT OF THE COVER IMAGE. "The high point both of Lissitzky's book-designing career and of the Soviet propaganda photobook"; "in no other book is the imagery quite so brilliantly piled up, one picture upon the other, the ideas constantly inventive and dazzling" (The Photobook). 101 Books, pp.82-85 ("a feast for the eyes" and a "magnificent paean"); The Open Book, pp.116-7; The Photobook, vol. I, pp.160-3. (2)
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