Petrograd: Strelets, 1922. 36 pp., 23 leaves of ill.
Copy # 440 of 500. The first edition. The copy is in fine condition, flawless. The edition is famous for its chromolithographs showing Lebedev’s works during the Civil War for Petrograd - based branch of Rosta Windows. Apart from posters themselves, this is the first case the classic images have appeared in print. The book also came out in French and English, but only in Russian version Nikolay Punin (1888-1953), the avant-garde theoretician, art critic and art administrator has included its article on the art of the poster and the role of Russian posters in particular. In 1922 Punin is already approaching to the idea of the ‘ art for the masses’ and the role of posters in the art landscape of the newborn State.
Vladimir Lebedev (1891-1967) was one of the most important Petrograd/Leningrad artist of the 1920s, he has created the new style of poster design followed by many and even
tually turned into the classical propaganda images of later years. He has also revolutionized the book design, in particularly children’s books publication, through his collaborations with Marshak setting up the new level of connection between the text and the image in the children’s book.
Extremely rare in such condition.