Moscow: Vserossiiskii proletkult, 1925. Item #729
147 pp.: ill. In Constructivist publisher's wrappers. Very good, restoration of the spine, loss of the fragment of p.82 (small damage to the text).
First and only edition. One of 3000 copies. Rare.
Not only a great example of constructivist book design but also a valuable source of gathered information on The Left Front (LEF). This edition contains a few photomontages by Alexander Rodchenko and photographs of objects by Aleksei Gan, two leading figures in Russian constructivism, as an illustration to Left Front activity. Pertsov saw Left front as a starting point for building future art culture. He gives some historical details and brief chronology of Russian futurism, key points of the art life (painting, literature, theatre) in the 1910s-20s which led to creation of the Left front. In the part called
Revision the author analyzed all aspects of the Left Front. The book includes review of this Revision by N. Chuzhak where he stated that as there were no guides on the LEF, this first synoptical work by Pertsov is very valuable. In conclusion author puts transcript from the first LEF meeting.
Worldcat locates copies at NYPL, National Gallery of Art, University of Iowa, Yale University.