Item #1410 [EARLY SOVIET PRINTMAKING] Rukovodstvo po steklografii [i.e. Guide on Vitreography]. N. Romanov.
[EARLY SOVIET PRINTMAKING] Rukovodstvo po steklografii [i.e. Guide on Vitreography]

[EARLY SOVIET PRINTMAKING] Rukovodstvo po steklografii [i.e. Guide on Vitreography]

Ekaterinburg: 1922. Item #1410

[2], 13 pp. 22x14,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Tears of the spine with small fragments lost, some soiling, a private stamp of a provincial artist on p. [1]. Otherwise very good.

Very rare provincial edition. An entirely vitreographic and fragile brochure.
This handbook on planographic vitreography was compiled primarily for printers and editors of provincial periodicals and posters. The author, N. Romanov, was the administrator of a vitreography workshop and laboratory of the Ekaterinburg Regional Economic Soviet. Romanov produced the whole edition using a vitreography press. He designed the cover and signed it with a monogram. Alongside a simple frame and a floral decoration in the lower right corner, the front cover design comprises a rather detailed illustration in its upper part. Also, Romanov reproduced two headpieces for two sections of this brochure and the back cover vignette from different classicist engravings.
Steklografiia [i.e. vitreography] wasn’t a new approach in the history of Russian printmaking. Initially, it was widely adopted as a cheap way to reproduce students’ notes in universities and schools. Later, this technique was admired by avant-garde artists and poets. For instance, steklografiia was used for printing 24 brochures of The Unpublished Khlebnikov: 1916-1921 (1928-1933), the collection Tourney of Poets (1930) designed by K. Zdanevich and I. Terent’ev, as well as A. Kruchenykh’s Ironiade (1930). Apart from these limited editions, “glass lithography” was adopted by some early-Soviet workshops for mass production. In 1921, the Ural ROSTA (Ekaterinburg) emerged as an influencer of the technique and published a book on planographic vitreography for newspaper printing. Employees of this department promoted vitreography to the Central ROSTA agency in Moscow. By the 1930s, steklografiia was considered a beneficial type of printmaking for provincial periodicals.
In the foreword, Romanov announced that he invented an image-developing mixture shortly before creating this brochure. According to a list printed in the beginning, the full set for the apparatus “Steklograf” consisted of 12 components, including liquids, tools, frames, etc. Among them was the image-developing liquid “Romalin.” The author published instructions on its use in the paragraph “Producing a Pattern.”
The guide focuses on such topics as preparing for printmaking, different stages of the process, bronzing imprints before drying, correcting mistakes – if a producer of a handwritten text made a spelling mistake, it was possible to fix it. After these sections, “A Memo for Vitreography Maker” is given, listing 35 points.

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