Mockba (Moscow): Государственное издательство изобрази, 1936. First edition. Hardcover. Folio (12 x 9"). 79, pp. Original silver-lettered burgundy cloth, with round-shape photomontage pasted to front cover. Title page in red and black lettering.
This scarce Soviet monograph is entirely dedicated to the art of John Heartfield (1891-1968), a German artist whose anti-Nazi and anti-Fascist photomontages made him a pioneer in the use of art as a political weapon. Heartfield also created book jackets for authors such as Upton Sinclair, as well as stage sets for such noted playwrights as Bertolt Brecht and Erwin Piscator.
Designed by Solomon Telingater (1903-1969), a Soviet graphic artist, and a founding member of the October group (a collective of Constructivist artists formed in 1928), this work is lavishly illustrated throughout with numerous b/w, duo-tone and color photographic reproductions of political photomontages, such as posters, covers for the daily "Die Rote Fahne," the weekly Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung (AIZ), and the color reproduction of eight Upton Sinclair book jackets.
Includes a tipped in photographic portrait of John Heartfield by Alexander Rodchenko, and a tipped-in photomontage showing Lenin leading the way to new housing constructions in Moscow.
Scrace paper errata sheet tipped in at rear. Some soiling to front cover. Previous owner's inscription in German "In Erinnerung an den Ostfeldzug (In Memory of the Eastern Campagne)", dated 'Zhitomir, Herbst 1941' on front free endpaper. "Feindspropaganda" (enemy propaganda) in red pencil on inside of each cover. Ex-library copy, with Russian stamp at inner gutter of title page, at bottom of page 21 and at bottom of last page (not affecting lettering). Text in Russian. Binding in overall good, interior in good to good+ condition. g to g+. Item #42802