Petrograd: Gosizdat, 1920–1923. Quartos (31 × 23.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 68–128 pp. Overall a good set, with text toned due to stock and occasional chipping to edges; a few spines rubbed; some issues with owner signatures.
Complete run comprising twenty-eight issues (including five double issues), of the Russian journal on books and the publishing industry, seen from the point of view of the newly established communist state and the accompanying effort to educate citizens according to Marxist principles. The journal was published monthly and edited by the historian Mikhail Lemke, Vadim Bystrianskii, Il’ia Ionov, and Konstantin Fedin. Early on, the editors noted that they wanted to treat the book as a “symbol of science, literature, the arts, technology and life of the new era of 1917–1920, the time of a new, free, socialist Russia” and intended to examing “publications on any subject and phenomenon.” Each issue contained dozens, if not hundreds, of reviews and short notices about new publications, authored by contributors numbering A. Lunacharsky, N. Meshcheriakov, Iu. Steklov, Ivanov-Razumnik, Nikolai Losskii, A. Volynskii, I. Galaktioniov, R. Gol’darbeiter, N. Lerner, In. Oksenov, and others. The reviews are divided into sections such as “Journalism,” “Art,” “Philosophy,” “Children’s Literature,” “Economics,” and others. Complete runs are rare. As of May 2020, KVK and OCLC show mostly microfilm copies and photocopies.
Book ID: 50698