Leningrad: Glavsevmorput, 1935. , 429 pp., 1 port., 1 map., ills ; 23х15 cm. Original publisher’s cloth. No dust-jacket.
First edition of the first Russian translation of Antarctic classics. The design of the book is by Boris Smirnov (1903-1986) the artist, whose main contribution has been his work on glass and industrial design. VKHUTEIN graduate, he was criticised in 1930s for being too loyal to constructivism, when that art method was labeled as wrong by the official administrators in USSR. In this book we could see the elements of typographic design resemble Telingator’s ideas, while the photo endpapers with the members of Shakleton’s expedition resemble Stepanova’s work.
Shackleton’s expedition was widely covered in Russia and the number of short second-hand accounts appeared in 1910-1918, but the first translation of the main book came out only in 1935. The second edition came out in 1957 and the third in 2011.
Very rare. 4 copies according to Worldcat (University of Hawaii, Pennsylvania State University, Concordia University Library, National Library of Poland).