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The Soviet Union Through Japanese Eyes

Shin Roshia gakan [A new view of Russia]. Siluet novoi Rossii (Russian title).

Tokio: Arusu (ARS), Shôwa 5 [1930]. Octavo (19.4 × 17.7 cm). Publisher’s pictorial wrappers, in the original constructivist photo-illustrated card slipcase, both by Kōshirō Onchi; title, three leaves of plates, 3, [1], 155, [5] pp. Profusely illustrated from photographs, both in the text and full-page. Some wear and rubbing to slipcase and edges of boards, including spine extremities; owner (?) signature to slipcase and rear board and rear pastedown; else about very good.

With a striking graphic frontispiece printed in red and black, as well as photo-reproductions of two letters of recommendation by the Soviet Embassy in Japan, issued to the author for his visit to the Soviet Union, which would form the basis of this work, a wide-ranging overview of politics, sociology, geography, and culture of the new Soviet state.

The overall book design, which incorporates a Japanese aesthetic with Soviet constructivism, is by Kōshirō Onchi (1891–1955), a photographer and printmaker best known for his promotion of the "Sōsaku-hanga" movement of self-drawn expressive prints. To support himself, he was also a prolific book designer, producing over 1000 works.

As of July 2022, KVK, OCLC only show one copy in North America.

Book ID: 52060

Price: $1,500.00