Moscow: tipo-laboratoriia VKIZh, 1935. Item #1101
42 pp.: ill., 1 folding ill. 14,5x10,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Minor fragments of the spine and small blank corner of the back cover lost, ink number on the front cover, tear of blank margins on p.17-18. Otherwise very good and clean copy.
First and only edition. One of 6000 copies. Very rare.
A richly illustrated handbook simplified the methods of linocut technique for editors of the provincial press.
The first Russian higher educational institution in journalism, the Institute of Red Journalists, was established under the ROSTA agency in 1919. In 1930 it was transformed into the Communist Institute of Journalism (VKIZh) and was intended to train editors for provincial newspapers and magazines.
“A linocut cliche is a simple and handy way to transfer an image in case a print house has no own zincography shop”, - the author wrote. A self-educated artist and book designer Petr Staronosov (1893-1942) contributed to magazines ‘Krasnaia niva’, ‘Pioner’, ‘Vokrug sveta’. Among all techniques of reproduction, Staronosov preferred lino and wood printing.
In this book, he explains what instruments and materials are needed, the process of creating a cliche and imprinting. All exemplary linocuts were brought from provincial newspapers ‘Vyzov’ (Challenge), ‘Bolshevistskii Traktor’ (Bolshevik Tractor), ‘Za khlopkovuiu nezavisimost’’ (For the Cotton Independence). They are devoted to agriculture, kolkhozes, MTS, rural satire on peasants. The book presented how impressive linocut schemes, maps and logos could be; how to simplify portraits - or how to make them colorful. The folding leaf features the step-by-step instruction of printing a 3-color image of young pioneers.
Not found in Worldcat.