A Political Type Specimen From the Short-Lived Georgian Soviet Republic

Obrastsy shriftov, ukrashenii, ornamentov, bordiurov i lineek 1-i tipografiia VSNKh Gruzii [Specimens of typefaces, decoration, ornaments, borders and lines of the First printing shop of the polygraphic department of the Supreme Soviet of the National Economy of Georgia].

[Tbilisi]: 1-i tipografiia VSNKh Gruzii, [1921–1922?]. Octavo (22 × 18.2 cm). Cloth-backed marbled boards; 104 unnumbered leaves of specimens printed to rectos in decorative borders, on good paper stock. Contemporary binding; possibly lacking rear wrapper; else about very good.

Scarce typographic specimen book by the First Soviet Typography of Georgia, issued after the country's invasion by the Red Army and its forced Sovietization after the defeat of the Georgian Democratic Republic (1918–1921), which had been led by a Menshevik government. In 1922, the newly-formed Socialist Soviet Georgian Republic was integrated into the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic, along with Azerbaijan and Armenia, a state that lasted until 1936. Because this specimen book appears to contain no mention of the Transcaucasian Republic, but many allusions to the recent overthrow of the Menshevik government, we suggest that it was produced during 1921 or 1922. The first leaf uses several lines of typographic sample text to make a clear political statement: "Long live the leader of the world-wide proletarian revolution Lenin!" followed by "And how shamefully the Menshevik government ran away!" The specimen is very handsomely printed using a wide variety of text, but mostly accidental and poster fonts including larger wooden font specimens. It also contains several leaves of Armenian, Azeri, and Georgian script, along with decorative elements.

As of July 2022, not found in KVK or OCLC.

Book ID: 52131

Price: $1,500.00