31 May 2007
L. MEKHLIS, I. VERITE, I. BOGOVY AND I. BAEVSKY
Geroicheskaia Epopeia -- Heroic Epic. Moscow: Pravda, 1935. Quarto (348 x 254mm). Complete with the flag-shaped place mark. Monochrome and colour photographs and illustrations throughout, some folding. (Some creases mostly in the margins of the folding plates.) Original white cloth, front cover blocked in silver, spine titled in silver, original printed acetate dust-jacket (small mark and light soiling on the covers, dust-jacket with one small chip and a small repair, without the rare slipcase). Custom-made slipcase.
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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