Moscow: Kolkhoznaia mnogotirazhka, 1932. 40 pp.: ill. 20,5x14 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Very good, an uncut copy.
First edition. One of 12 000 copies. Rare.
The illustrated handbook on planographic vitreography was compiled for printers and editors of kolkhoz newspapers. High-run newspapers were published by scientific and educational institutions, factories and collective farms. Starting from wall newspapers produced by hand, organizations shifted to printed periodicals and raised their print runs to thousands of copies.
The steklografiia [i.e. vitreography] wasn’t a new approach in the history of Russian printmaking. In the pre-revolutionary period, it was widespread as a cheap way to reproduce students' notes in universities and schools. Later the technique was admired by avant-garde artists and poets. For instance, a vitreograph was used for printing twenty-four brochures of ‘The Unpublished Khlebnikov: 1916-1921’ (1928-1933).
In 1921 the Ural ROSTA (Ekaterinburg) published a book on planographic vitreography for newspaper printing. Then they promoted the technique to the Central ROSTA agency in Moscow. By the 1930s, vitreography was considered as a beneficial type of printmaking for provincial periodicals.
This edition includes a report by D. Shlifer who was the head of the newspaper department of Kolkhoz Center of the USSR and RSFSR. He gives detailed instructions on how a vitreograph works, how to prepare an original text for creating cliche, what chemical reactions take place, how to correct any error, etc. This manual is more comprehensive because the last section is devoted to how to make colorful imprints. The text is richly illustrated with images of editions, instruments and examples of unsuccessful printing after occasionally applied liquid for reaction, using a wrong cliche and so on.
The book lists 7 high-run kolkhoz newspapers that existed in the early 1930s. Their titles are printed in the editors’ letter that was published as the foreword.
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