Tbilisi, 1932. 18 pp.: ill. 30,5x21,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Very good, spine slightly chipped, ink underlinings.
One of 6000 copies. Rare. In Georgian.
‘Drosha’ [Flag] was the main artistic and literary magazine published in Tbilisi from 1923 to 1935. Although initially ‘Drosha’ was a bimonthly periodical, its frequency fluctuated due to insufficient funds. The first editor-in-chief, the secretary for the Party Committee in Georgia, Mikheil Kakhiani (1896–1937), was executed in 1937 under the terrorism legislation.
The design of ‘Drosha’ changed over the years reflecting the different styles dominant in Georgian art. In the first period in 1923–24, the magazine was dominated by David Kutateladze, who designed the wrappers and the lettering — he was clearly influenced by Ilia Zdanevich’s letterpress designs. Also artists Krylov (1902–1990) and Mikheil Gotsiridze (1901–1975) published their experimental works in a couple of issues. In 1925–26, a less inspired period of design, the magazine appeared in similar wrappers with a changing central image. The magazine suspended publication between 1927 and 1928, and when it returned in 1929 the style changed completely, using the best works of Georgian photography and photomontage techniques. In these years the most significant works used were those of Sh. Purtskhvanidze, who was active as a designer in 1929-1935. There were also montages and photos by Lisitsyn, Kozak etc.
This cover design features a striking photomontage as well. It combines a pioneer with a horn and children of different occupations next to him. Among them are girls shooting and working at a factory. Another photomontage with children is printed inside: a gathering of young pioneers was shown through six combined pictures.
The rest pages are illustrated with photographs of industrialization giants and ‘s high-altitude balloon by A. Piccard whose flights aroused the interest of Soviet Air Forces to construct the Soviet record-setting high-altitude balloon ‘USSR-1’ by 1933.
New Georgian Book Design, #20.
This issue is not found in Worldcat.
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