[BANNED EDITION. TELINGATER’S DESIGN] Programmy i ustavy vazhneishikh partiy II Internatsionala [i.e. Programs and Statutes of the Most Important Parties of the Second International]
Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo, 1929. 240 pp. 20x13,5 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Spine chipped, some foxing on recto and verso of t.p.
One of 10 000 copies. The edition was banned, according to ‘List of books to be excluded from libraries and book trade chain’ (1961).
Interesting example of Solomon Telingater’s design that features lettering and black and red blocks containing charters’ pieces. Arranged the same way, elements of the title page resemble laconic revolutionary chants.
Apart from texts of programs and charts themselves, the book includes author’s critical commentaries blaming “half-heartedness, reformist and bourgeois character” of social democratic parties of Germany, Austria, UK, France, Belgium and the USA.
The book was edited by Osip Piatnitskii (1882 – 1938), known as the head of the International Department of the Communist International during the 1920s and early 1930s. Being one of the leading public faces of the international Communist movement, he was arrested by NKVD in 1937 and shot in 1938.
This book, as well as another Iagov’s work ‘Contemporary Anarcho-Syndicalism’ (1928) was prohibited from promoting and excluded from Soviet libraries.