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Rare Work on Soviet Armenia – Armenian Art

Khorhrdayin Hayastan: hing tari, 1920–1925, e.g. Խորհրդային Հայաստան: հինգ տարի, 1920–1925 [Soviet Armenia: five years, 1920–1925].

Erevan: Hratarakowt'yown H. S. X. H. Kentgorts'komi yev zhoghkomkhorkhi (Haypetpoligrafi A. & B. tparan), 1926. Quarto (29 × 24 cm). Contemporary cloth-backed boards; part of front wrapper affixed to front board; IX, 472 pp. Numerous illustrations, portraits, data vizualisation. Wear and light soil to boards; a few scribbles throughout; but overall good or better.

Published by the Central Executive Committee and People's Committes of Soviet Armenia, this volume is a detailed record of the achievements of Soviet Armenia in the first five years of Sovietization: economy, agriculture, trade, transportation, culture, education, and healthcare. The book includes chapters on the Commissariat of Labor and Social Affairs, the Commissariat of Military Affairs, and the Commissariat of Justice, as well as a chapter about the roads and infrastructure of Armenia and the budget of local self-government.

The cover illustration was drawn by the world-renowned Armenian painter Martiros Saryan (1880–1972), who is considered the founder of the modern Armenian national school of painting. Additionally, the book reproduces in color a painting of the Armenian by Saryan. The book also features a large emblem to half-title, printed in red, gold, and black, which was painted by Hakob Kojoyan (1883–1959), an Armenian artist who mostly worked in the genres of painting and applied art. Together with Armenian architect Alexander Tamania, Kojoyan created the coat of arms for the First Republic of Armenia. The book also contained a tipped-in reproduction of the emblem of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was created jointly by Saryan and Kojoyan. Other illustrations and ornaments in the book are by Sedrak Arakelyan, Vrtanes Akhikyan, G. Levonyan, M. Saryan, and A. Shillingovsky (most likely meant is: Pavel Alexandrovich Shillingovsky).

Also included are a portrait of Lenin, an image of the Yerevan Hydroelectric Power Plant, which was built in 1923, an image of the houses being built in the village of Lukashin (Լուկաշին/Լուկաշեն) for Armenian orphans from the Armenian Genocide. Portraits include those of Alexander Myasnikyan, Sargis Lukashin, Artashes Karinyan, and Sargis Hambardzumyan, who were the heads of the Armenian S. S. R. Central Executive Committee or Council of People's Commissars in 1920–1925.

A major source on the early development of Soviet Armenia. One of 2200 copies printed.

As of August 2023, OCLC shows only one copy outside Armenia, at a library in North America.

Book ID: 52651

Price: $2,250.00