Item #1990 [DNIEPER DAM] Dneprostroi i novoe Zaporozh’e = Dniprel’stan i nove Zaporizhzhia [i.e. Dneprostroi and the New Zaporizhzhia]
[DNIEPER DAM] Dneprostroi i novoe Zaporozh’e = Dniprel’stan i nove Zaporizhzhia [i.e. Dneprostroi and the New Zaporizhzhia]
[DNIEPER DAM] Dneprostroi i novoe Zaporozh’e = Dniprel’stan i nove Zaporizhzhia [i.e. Dneprostroi and the New Zaporizhzhia]
[DNIEPER DAM] Dneprostroi i novoe Zaporozh’e = Dniprel’stan i nove Zaporizhzhia [i.e. Dneprostroi and the New Zaporizhzhia]
[DNIEPER DAM] Dneprostroi i novoe Zaporozh’e = Dniprel’stan i nove Zaporizhzhia [i.e. Dneprostroi and the New Zaporizhzhia]
[DNIEPER DAM] Dneprostroi i novoe Zaporozh’e = Dniprel’stan i nove Zaporizhzhia [i.e. Dneprostroi and the New Zaporizhzhia]
[DNIEPER DAM] Dneprostroi i novoe Zaporozh’e = Dniprel’stan i nove Zaporizhzhia [i.e. Dneprostroi and the New Zaporizhzhia]
[DNIEPER DAM] Dneprostroi i novoe Zaporozh’e = Dniprel’stan i nove Zaporizhzhia [i.e. Dneprostroi and the New Zaporizhzhia]

[DNIEPER DAM] Dneprostroi i novoe Zaporozh’e = Dniprel’stan i nove Zaporizhzhia [i.e. Dneprostroi and the New Zaporizhzhia]

Item #1990

[Kharkiv; Leningrad]: Izd. Vseukrainskogo komiteta sodeistviia Dneprostroiu: Gos. tip. imeni Ivana Fedorova, n.d. [43] leaves, including 8 folding leaves. 22,5x32,5 cm. In original thick paper covers with constructivist design. Spine restored, covers rubbed, some soiling occasionally, otherwise very good. First edition. Unlike the second one, this edition is undated.

Notable photobook is a document on an initial stage of the construction of the first gigantic project of the earliest five-year plan. “Dneprostroi” is the name of an enterprise founded in Zaporizhzhia in 1926 to build a series of hydroelectric power stations on the Dnieper river. Thus, the enterprise was an important part of the GOELRO plan. Nevertheless, the name is mostly associated with the first and largest Dnieper Dam. Its construction had gradually begun in 1927, was mechanized in 1929 and was completed expeditiously in 1932. The new urban center Zaporizhzhia and light industry enterprises were rising around it. It was Trotsky who had proposed an industrial course of development for the Soviet Union, which was opposed by Stalin and Bukharin favoring the rural economy with small peasant farms. Trotsky made several visits to Zaporizhzhia and Dnieper rapids, actually making a descent of the still untamed river (as he recalled in his autobiographical book ‘My Life’). He invited a commission of American technical experts who were later joined by German specialists. By late 1926, though, Stalin had finally removed Trotsky from all the posts. The book begins with portraits of those who managed the construction project: party leaders, high-ranking officials of the Soviet economy (G. Krzhizhanovsky, V. Kuibyshev), main engineers of Dneprostroi (A. Vinter, B. Vedeneev, P. Rottert) and the People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Vsevolod Balitsky. It was the common 1920-1930s practice of moving commissars from armed forces and OGPU-NKVD to economic posts (as happened to Dzerzhinsky, Trotsky and Beria). All major construction projects were managed by the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs that commanded a colossal amount of human
resources.

The cover design was created by Jewish artist Mark (Meer-Volf) Kirnarskii (1893-1942). He was born into a merchant family in the Chernihiv region. In 1912–1913, Kirnarskii studied at the Higher Special School of Architecture in Paris, in 1917–1919 continued studying under I. Fomin at the Petrograd Academy of Arts. In 1919–1922 he studied under G. Narbut at the Ukrainian Academy of Arts in Kyiv. In 1924, Kirnarskii began to work as type designer, then mastered contemporary cover design. His works feature a great diversity of notable letterpress designs. This cover shows a constructivist composition of bilingual titles. The repetition pattern is used in the title page design as well. It was created by the designer of the first coat of arms of RSFSR, Alexander Leo (1868-1943). He was engaged in book graphics from 1900 and soon started to work on high-quality editions produced at the Golike and Vilborg publishing houses. In the 1920s, Leo collaborated with publishers GIZ, Priboi, Atenei, Academia, etc. Texts were composed by the All-Ukrainian Dneprostroi Assistance Committee in Kharkiv. Pictures were taken by the Kichkas Technical Bureau in Zaporizhzhia (i.e. located near DniproHES itself). However, the creation of layout and cover design and printing of the book were transferred to Leningrad. The State printing shop named after Ivan Fedorov was entrusted with this project. Photographs feature initial construction works, raising dams, infrastructure for workers, including living buildings, factory-kitchen, hospital, a general view of a workers’ village called, as usual, a Socialist town (now it is a district of the Zaporizhzhia city). Captions for photographs are printed in 9 languages, including Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Georgian, Armenian, Uzbek, etc.

Worldcat shows the only copy of this edition located in the University of Minnesota.

Price: $5,500.00

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