Moscow: Tsentral’noe izdatel’stvo narodov SSSR, 1929. Item #1471
26x18 cm. In contemporary binding; original constructivist covers preserved. Rubbed, block weakened, tear of front endpaper and stamp of Soviet private library on it. Ink signature on p. 1 (#3). Stain on outer edge throughout the copy, some foxing, some ink marks. Tear of p. 5-6 (#2). Otherwise very good.
Printrun of each issue was 10 000 copies. Text in English, table of contents in English and Russian. Every issue includes a bilingual vocabulary related.
A year set of the English magazine of politics, economics, fiction and science published for Soviet rabfaks, institutes, colleges, high schools, evening courses and self-education. The edition was released by the All-Russian Committee for the Promotion of Industrial and Economic Education in 1927-1931.
The magazine included texts about international events, changes in political regimes or continuing colonization, sport, workers in capitalist countries - for example, an article ‘The American workers under fordism’ criticized this system; also about popular airships, technical progress. The issues showed English advertisements, photographs of structures, people from different countries, foreign technics.
The only text in Russian was devoted to the 5th anniversary of the Tsentrizdat (the rear side of the back cover of #2). It was the publishing house which full name translates as ‘The Central Publishing House of the Peoples of USSR’, it existed from 1924 to 1931. Based in Moscow it was formed following Lenin’s idea, articulated on Xth party meeting, ‘to help the working masses of the non-Russian nations [i.e. nevelikorusskim narodam] to catch up with the Central Russia, that is ahead’. By 1929 it was printing periodical and non-periodical editions in 55 different languages, using latin, Cyrillic, Arabic and Chinese scripts.
Worldcat shows issues located in LoC.