Moscow: NII Ogiza, 1933. 86,  pp.: ill.; 17x12 cm. In original printed wrappers. Spine glued by tape, otherwise very good.
First edition. One of 1000 copies. Very rare.
This is the first manual on how the model Soviet textbooks had to be designed, constructed and produced.
After the 1920s book diversity of styles and print quality was ceased by the resolution ‘On the Restructuring of Literary and Artistic Organizations’ (1932), the control over book publishing strengthened in all directions. In 1932, the OGIZ Research Institute analyzed polygraphy and design of contemporary printed materials that were published the same year. As a result, lists of flaws were compiled and reports on different types of books were declared by art and book historian Konstantin Kuzminskii (1875-1940).
He wrote this scrupulous instruction for all contributors to textbook creation that includes the responsibilities of editors, authors, artists, especially the graphic department of a publishing house. In particular, how to prepare original drawings to reproduce them correctly; various printing techniques, how they differ from each other and in which cases they are used. He published the entire classification of illustrations divided by textbook subject, age of schoolchildren and illustration theme.
As exemplary textbook illustrations, woodcuts and lithographs are printed on 22 pages at the end of the book. Among drawings for primary school books is an image of Red Army soldiers on the Red Square. The secondary school textbooks might include detailed and high-quality images of airplanes and constructions reproduced from engravings.
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