Moscow: Zemlia i fabrika, 1929. Item #1519
94 pp.: ill. + 2 pp. of ads. 26x17,5 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Spine rubbed, with fragments lost, occasional minor stains on pages, otherwise very good.
A characteristic issue of the monthly “30 Days” published 1925–1941. From 1926 to 1930 the magazine was entrusted to the publishing house “Zemlia i fabrika”, best known for distinct style of the design of their books. The publisher collaborated with the Stenberg brothers, Dlugach, Rodchenko, Elkin, Telingater, Chichagov sisters and other notable designers.
Various artists and photographers contributed to this issue. The cover design was produced by the artist Boris Nechaev (1909–1931) who also worked on the magazine “Vokrug sveta” and a supplementary book printed by the same publisher.
Four colored double-page photomontages devoted to the first Five Year Plan were made by Gustav Klutsis (1895–1938), one of the founders of Soviet photomontage and a leading constructivist book designer. Partly colored in orange, his montages presents statistical data for the previous year and goals set for 1929–1930. It includes a picture of a female peasant driving a tractor, combined with a gigantic male mechanic and a miniature image of workers standing on scaffolding; an endless line of coal wagons coming away from an oil field and other curious pictures gathered into striking compositions.
Photographs by A. Rodchenko supplement K. Paustovskii’s article about the work process at the Foreign Department of the TASS agency. Pictures by photographer D. Sherbakov illustrate an article, “Treasure of the Arctic Tundra”, by M. Rosenfeld: the world’s major deposit of apatite had been discovered in the Khibiny Mountains of the Kola Peninsula. Apart from these highlights, the issue contains drawings by Iu. Ganf, K. Rotov, M. Khrapkovskii,
V. Kozlinskii and S. Lodygin.
Some issues are located in Princeton University.