Moscow: Partizdat, 1934. In two volumes. 11,5x8 cm. In two original red full-cloth bindings; metal plates with embossed name lettering on both front covers; silver lettering on both spines. Shelf worn, small tear of the spine of the 2nd volume, otherwise very good.
Very rare with no copies in the Worldcat. The report was published varying size, page number, typefaces and design. This particular imprint was produced in style of parade editions but in small size.
Design of the 2-volume edition was created by Solomon Telingater. Minimalist bindings with the embossed name of Stalin are supplemented by illustrated endpapers with slogans and pictures of Lenin: an image of his head on a flag and his silhouette from the tribune. 15 illustrations on separate leaves were provided by a group of socialist realist artists depicting successful implementation of the first five-year plan.
This is the key speech of the notorious Congress which aftermath became the Great Purge. In this report, Stalin sharply criticized the “party bureaucrats” and other "subversive elements” that interfered in the normal functioning of the party.
The 17th Congress is also regarded as ‘The Congress of Shot Ones’. According to Soviet historian M. Voslenskii “of 139 candidates to Central Committee, elected at the 17th Congress, 97 were arrested and shot, 5 other committed suicide and 1 (S. Kirov) was murdered the same year. Most of them were killed in 1937-1938.
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