Second edition. [N.p.]: Dinamo, 1947. , 16 pp., , 80 pl. 20x29 cm. In custom made binding with lettering on the front board (without original card boards). Small tears of the spine, inscription on the front pastedown, otherwise very good.
Very rare. One of 1000 copies.
The inscription stated ‘‘To Comrade Kandid Nestorovich Charkviani from Tbilisi Topographical Technical College. 16 April of 1947, Tbilisi’’. Kandid Charkviani (1907-1994) was a Georgian party and government official, and First Secretary of the Communist Party of Georgia from 1938 to 1952. Charkviani rose to the position of First Secretary through support of Joseph Stalin.
The album was published on the 15th anniversary of the College where the author was a professor, and dedicated to different types used for maps and plans according to regulations.
Interesting that among types accepted by state laws for maps and other charts here are included outdated Gothic and Old Slavonic types ‘because they may liven up plan or a map with its authentic and peculiar beauty’ (from introduction). Captions are gathered in the beginning in one text. All 80 plates carry different fonts.