Moscow; Leningrad: GIZ, 1929. 149 pp.: ill. Original illustrated wrappers. Uncut. Very good condition. Stamps of the ‘GIZ archive’ with ‘withdrawn’ stamp over it.
First and only edition. Construction of the book by Alexander Rodchenko. He was also responsible for the choice of the photographs.
The book is the memoirs of the young Chinese female revolutionary Soume Scheng. Participating in the radical and terrorist activities in 1920s, she has left the country in 1926 and published this book in French originally called ‘Souvenirs d'enfance et de revolution’.
The Russian translation was done by Mared Olenina.
Rodchenko has designed two books on Chinese topics, using similar patterns in designing the wrappers and the ornamentations of the illustrations – this one and Tretiakov’s Dan Shi Khua in the following year. Both of them represent an interesting ‘oriental’ take on constructivism by Rodchenko, transforming some of the usual decorative elements of the books.
Very rare. The copies at the British Library, Yale and the Getty.