Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo, 1924. Item #1058
80 pp.: ill. 25x17 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Covers and spine restored, new back cover, slightly soiled, otherwise very good.
One of 5000 copies. Rare.
Alexander Rodchenko’s design exemplifies the tenets of pure constructivist design. The front cover also includes a wrapper for the anniversary edition of the State Publishing House.
‘Book about Books’ was the organ of the State Publishing House, edited by Russian revolutionary and writer S. Mstislavsky. In all, three double issues and two regular issues were printed in 1924 and all of them came out under covers with Rodchenko’s designs.
Alongside critical reviews and bibliography, the magazine included statistical information on book publishing and book trade. In ‘Book about Books’ were regularly published Soviet and foreign chronicles about literary societies, writers, publishing houses. This particular issue features photographs of Gosizdat building and the main printing house, covers of newly published books and illustrations.
Getty Research Institute has all issues except this one. Stanford, North Carolina Universities have #3-6, also #1/2 is located in NYPL.