Leningrad: 1968. Item #355
29,  pp.: ill. 29x21,5 cm. In original stapled wrappers with Vladimir Lebedev’s illustration «Red Army Man and Sailor» on the front cover. Very good, spine is slightly rubbed, Soviet bookshop’s stamps and two small pen marks on the back cover.
With four coloured reproductions of Lebedev and Kozlinsky’s posters on special paper (resembling the original). One of 3000 copies. Rare. Compiled by A.V. Chistyakova. Introduction and catalog by Chistyakova and E. Kovtun. With a photograph showing a hall with Lebedev’s works.
Aleksandra Chistyakova (1918-1991) was a Soviet art historian working for National Library of Russia. In the 1950s she started the process of sorting, attributing and cataloging of ROSTA Windows funds. Among works of Civil War period were works by Mayakovsky, Lebedev, Kozlinsky. The result of the many years work, including meeting artists of ROSTA Windows, were scientific articles, annotated catalogs, and the exhibition together with The State Russian Museum. There were more than 100 posters made in 1920 and 1921 at the display.
Moscow ROSTA works were much more studied and well preserved than of Petrograd. There was only one work following the movement by N.N. Punin on Lebedev’s posters (1922) which became instant rarity. The exhibition of 1968 and preceding work was the first attempt to gather, study and show posters to the public.
Includes bibliographical references.
Worldcat locates a paper copy at Frick Art Library.