[Moscow], 1927.  leaves of text,  plates. 40x26,5 cm. In original card boards with silver lettering on the front board, tied together with ribbon. Very good, except tears and losses of covers.
First and only.One of 5000 copies. Very rare.
This edition was dedicated to the All-Union Polygraphic Exhibition which was opened on August 19, 1927 in Moscow, on the territory of the VDNKh in the Main House. The exhibition was organized as a report on the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution. The program for it was developed by major scientists and famous artists. The exhibition featured the best printing houses in the country, their products, machine tools and technologies. Fifty-eight artists participated only in one section of industrial (production) art (other sections included History of Printing, Publishing, Technical Section, Polygraphic Education and others). Over 1000 artworks were exhibited. All possible types of graphic techniques were presented - both print (color monotype, autolithography, various woodcut, etching, photomontage, etc.) and preparatory works by artists (various drawing techniques, watercolors, engraved boards cut by masters, various tools). The exhibition was attended by artists of different generations, trends and schools: Muscovites V. A. Favorsky, A. I. Kravchenko, N. N. Kupreyanov, Lissitzky, G. G. Klutsis, A. A. Deineka, Leningrad's E. E. Lancere, V.V. Lebedev, K.S. Petrov-Vodkin, B.M. Kustodiev and others. El Lissitzky designed pavilions for the exhibition among other artists and later published a famous guidebook together with Solomon Telingater.
This edition less known but not less interesting. It is printed on thick paper and contains numerous autotypes, musical notes, photogravures, lithographs, wood engravings, chromoautotypes. The purpose of this digest was to inform about Soviet polygraphic establishments - printing houses and presses. “Together with invitations to participate all printers were suggested to print out reviews and plates characterizing the establishment. The layout according to which the printing houses were supposed to type and print their articles for the collection was compiled by the VKHUTEMAS student Grozevsky under the guidance of Professor Piskarev”. Only 15 companies have responded from Vologda, Kazan’, Kiev, Moscow, Saratov, Tiflis and Kharkiv. Even these "business cards" from only a few printing houses allow us to look into the history of the Soviet printing business of the 1920s.
Worldcat located copies at Bibliothèque nationale de France and Cambridge University Library (UK).
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