Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

СССР на стройке "SSSR na Stroike" (USSR in Construction): 1931; 1933; 1935 [3 complete years - 36 issues]

Moscow: Государственное издательство изобразительных искусств (The State Publishing House of Graphic Arts), 1931. First editions. Softcover. Elephant folios (16.5 x12 in.). 36 issues, comprising three complete years (1931; 1933; 1935), each with 12 issues, including the well-known "The Fearless Soviet Parachutists Issue," which highlights a fearless Soviet canine paratrooper, as well! (Dec., 1935). Illustrated wrappers, in various bright colors. Text in Russian. Old library buckram backed in red pebbled cloth (lightly stained, with mild wear at extremities). Fore-edge of 3 leaves frayed (1/4 in.), else about fine.

Each issue is profusely illustrated throughout with countless gorgeously-rendered large b/w and sepia-toned photogravures, depicting and promoting manufacturing, industrial and construction projects taking place across the Soviet Union, and documenting the rapid economic, social, infrastructural and industrial transformation of the county during the period. Done in a generally "socialist realist style", the publication also features some interesting examples of photomontage. Each issue focuses on one or a few different projects or industries and features striking images taken by many of the most notable Soviet photographers of the era, including Arkady Shaikhet, Max Alpert, Georgy Petrusov, and Boris Ignatovich. Also features contributions from Alexander Rodchenko. In addition to these original Russian-language issues publication was famously also issued in French, German, English and later in 1938 in Spanish. Near fine. Item #53628

During this time (1931) acclaimed photographer John Heartfield was working on and advising in the production of this publication.

Price: $15,000.00