Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin.
70-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya : Al'bom [ I.V. Stalin. 70th anniversary. The Album].Moscow, Gospolitizdat, 1949 Stock Code: 132982
NotesThe first and only edition, 10,000 copies in all, but this the deluxe issue in full leather binding. Handsomely presented and produced, this richly illustrated history of the life of Stalin was prepared by the Lenin State Museum (now State Historical Museum). The typography and printing were by the Krasnyi Proletarii - "Red Proletariat" - the Central Committee's main publishing arm, the heavy art paper specifically manufactured by Goznak, the state specialist paper manufacturer, production having been being under the aegis of the recently deceased Andrei Zhdanov, chairman of the Soviet of the Union, "propagandist-in-chief" of the Soviet Union, who had been widely seen as Stalin's successor-in-waiting until his premature, and perhaps suspicious, death in 1948. Extremely uncommon in such good state.
Quarto. Wire-stitched in deluxe full red leather binding, lettered in gilt to spine and front board, hammer-finish cream light card-stock endpapers, red silk page-marker. Housed in a burgundy flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Tipped-in colour portrait frontispiece on debossed mounting leaf with gilt lettering, 27 other colour plates, one double-folding, 10 black and white reproductions of Pravda front pages on this paper, one double-fold black and white plate, 5 coloured maps,
Some minor scuffs to the spine and the corners, else very good.
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