[THEATRICAL PROPERTY IN THE USSR] Teatral’naya butaforiya i yeye izgotovleniye [i.e. Theatrical Property and its Production]
Leningrad: Gosizdat, 1926. Item #1568
103 pp.: ill. 18.5x14 cm. In original illustrated publisher’s wrappers. Tears of the spine and edges of the wrappers. Otherwise in a good condition.
Scarce. First edition. Wrapped design by B. Pyatunin.
An interesting publication dedicated to the theatrical property and the peculiarities of its creation. Written by Anatoly Petrov in 1926, this book is one of the earliest Soviet publications on the subject matter. In the introduction to the edition, the author emphasizes the absence of domestic literature on theatrical property, which became an incentive for the compilation of this book. The edition consists of 8 sections and opens with a brief overview of the essence of the theatrical property. In the following sections, Petrov focuses on imitations of theatrical props and provides information, a kind of recipes, for the production of various items: books, furniture, vases, sausages, pastry, vegetables, fruits, boxes, lampshades, cases, cheese, pots, knives, daggers, crystal, butterflies, etc. The items are organized in accordance with materials employed for their creation: paper, wood, cardboard, papier mâché, etc. Each of the materials has a short description regarding their usage in the theatrical property. The edition also includes information about coloring, varnishing, gilding and silvering of the items, as well as repeated reproduction of the same drawing. The book is supplemented with numerous black and white illustrations showing different stages of theatrical property production.