[A STUDY OF THE BOOK COVER] Oblozhka knigi: Opyt istoricheskogo issledovaniia. I. Proiskhozhdenie oblozhki. II. Evoliutsiia. III. Perspektivy [i.e. The Book Cover. A Historical Study. I. Origin of the Book Cover. II. Evolution. III. Future Prospects]
Leningrad: Izdanie Akademii Khudozhestv, 1929. Item #1059
120 pp.: ill., 1 ill. In original cardboards. Very good.
First edition. One of 600 copies. Very rare.
Cover design produced by the author, graphic artist Georgy Brylov who contributed to the Soviet design of books and posters and wrote 5 works about his craft.
The evolution chapter of this book reads: “Alongside the culture of ‘Mir Iskusstva’, [in cover design] we have evidence of expressionist (Annenkov, Al’tman, Exter), constructivist and other leftist movements (Rodchenko, Lissitzky, etc.). I noticed a common passion for the poster style of covers more than their “book mission”. Now poster designers contribute to book covers, for example, Stenberg brothers whose advertising style is preserved in books as well”. He considered that book covers would peak in mass cardboards, completely replacing wrappers - and the Soviet publishing business almost reached that prediction.
Worldcat shows copies located in Stanford and California Universities.