Moscow/Leningrad: Кинопечать (Kinopechat), 1927. First edition. Softcover. Small octavo. 32pp. Illustrated orange and black wrappers with black lettering on the front cover. The work is a monograph on the life and work of acclaimed Soviet Jewish theater actor and director Solomon Mikhoels (1890-1948) Mikhoels was the leading actor of the Moscow State Jewish Theater company (established in 1920), and from 1928 until his death in 1948, he served as artistic director. The work covers the time from his early life through his work as leading actor of the company, is profusely illustrated throughout with b/w photographic reproductions of the actor in costume and makeup in various roles. Mikhoels was ultimatley assassinated, under the guise of an accidental traffic accident, by Stalin, and other member of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (of which he served as chairman) were killed in 1952 during the infamous "Night of the Murdered Poets".
Text in Russian.
Wrappers with some light rubbing and chipping to extremities. Cover with light creasing. Interior with a closed tear to the right edge of the title page, and some minor to light stains and/or smudges to some pages throughout. Images unaffected. Wrappers in good+, inteiror in very good- condition overall. Scarce. Protected by modenr mylar. g+ to vg-. Item #45607
About the author:
Mikhail Borisovich Zagorsky (Михаил Борисович Загорский, 1885-1951) was a soviet playwright, theater critic and theater historian, who wrote extensively on various subject including Tarkhanov, Pushkin and Gogol among others.