Leningrad: Lengiz, 1925. Item #1816
112 pp.: ill. 15x11,5 cm. In original photomontage wrappers. Tears of spine, underlines and some soiling occasionally, some sections detached from each, otherwise very good.
A remarkable cover features constructivist letterpress design and a photomontage composition of Singer House in Petrograd and Lenin’s monument. After nationalization, the Petrograd Department of the State Publishing House was located in this historic building.
It is an interesting catalog listing all Lengiz publications promoting the former leader of the Communist party. It includes 56 Lenin’s publications and 115 works on him, his methods, also separated sections “Lenin and Trotskyism” and “Lenin for clubs, reading huts and schools”. In the section about Trotsky, compilers gathered works proving the divergence of principles of Lenin (i.e., the party) and Trotsky, their different approaches to the formation of a communist country, mistakes of the latter. There is a Bukharin’s book “How the History of October Must Not Be Written” (1924) where the term “trotskyism” was recalled for the first time after 1917. Since then, the term had become unconditionally negative in Soviet publications.
Released in 1925, the edition is full of books by the names that later became banned: Zinov’ev, Kamenev, Bukharin, Kol’tsov, etc. The catalog is supplemented with a portrait of the leader and a project of his monument by architect A. Shchuko who depicted the statue on a river bank, under night illumination and flying airplanes. At the end, there are an alphabetical index of Lenin’s publication and an index of articles on Lenin.
Worldcat shows copies located in California and Harvard Universities.