Petrograd: 15-ya Gosudarstvennaya tipografiya, 1920. Item #1592
89,  pp. 15x12 cm. In the original illustrated publisher’s wrappers. Water stains along the outer edge of covers and some pages, otherwise very good.
Scarce. First edition.
This publication is dedicated to the history of the development of writing and typographic art in Russia. In the book, the author,
Vladimir Anisimov (1870-1932), reviews the history of different forms of writing and provides interesting details on the introduction of printing in Russia. The edition sets out the main typographic terms and their meanings and offers information on the oldest printing houses in Russia. The book came out in conjunction with the provincial-city agricultural exhibition in Petrograd in 1920. The edition features lists of exhibits and machines, devices, and instruments of printing production showcased at the exhibition. The book was published only a few months after the end of the Battle of Petrograd that eventuated in the Soviet victory.
Vladimir Anisimov was a Russian typesetter, who worked as an assistant factor in the Moscow printing house I. N. Kushnerev and Co. He was the commissar of the Petrograd printing house Partnership R. Golike and A. Vilborg (since 1922 - printing house named after I. Fedorov) and served as chairman of the graphic arts section of the Union of Masters and Technicians.