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The Collection

VINTAGE USSR / SOVIET PRESS, PROPAGANDA, ARTWORK

This somewhat eclectic and ever-growing collection of vintage ussr press, pictures, artwork,  propaganda and books has been compiled over many years. It represents a narrative from around 1917 to 1991 and reflects how the victory of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War gave rise to a tectonic shift in the way the world thought, worked, represented itself, and fought. The early idealists produced extraordinary art, design and modernist attitudes that were subsequently crushed and which are only re-emerging now, as we approach the 100th. anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution.

We locate and offer for sale items of extreme rarity and historical significance. We also keep pieces of lesser rarity that have both aesthetic and curiosity value. Whilst we mainly collect in Russia, we also sell interesting works from Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain and the UK.

Our premises are located near London in England.

Product Descriptions and Background

On the product pages you will find descriptions and where applicable, historical background. Translations of the whole piece or important excerpts were done by us and are accurate. Whilst we do not include references for the historical background, a selective bibliography of source material can be found at the end of this page.

Provenance

Where possible, notes about provenance have been included. If you have any enquiry regarding provenance, please contact us here.

Rating

The vast majority of the collection is rated according to three criteria – condition, rarity and historical significance.

Condition

mint condition considering its age (eg a newspaper with no folds or tears, but naturally faded in colour since it is nearly 100 years old)
very good condition considering its age. Some very small folds or tears
showing some damage that may detract from its aesthetic appeal
Significant tears or folds that reduce its value considerably
Unlikely to be suitable for display

Photographs accompany every piece to give an accurate impression of the condition.

Rarity

Very difficult or impossible to find on the open market
Can be found for sale occasionally in specialist shops and auctions
Appears for sale in shops and websites
Limited edition contemporary
Product commercially distributed

Historical Significance

Represents a major and pivotal period or event in history
A well-known and significant historical moment
Likely to be of interest to specialists only
Having little relevance to history
Having no relevance to history

Selective Bibliography

Art & Politics in the Weimar Period (John Willett, 1978, USA)

Report of Court Proceedings in the Case of the ‘Anti-Soviet Bloc of Rights and Trotskyites’, (People’s Commissariat of Justice of the USSR, 1938, Moscow)

Leninkult und mythisches Denken in der sowjetischen Öffentlichkeit 1924 (Benno Ennker in Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 1996 Germany)

From VKhUTEMAS to MARKhI (Various, 2005, Moscow,)

Experiments for the Future (Aleksander Rodchenko, 2005, USA)

Collected works (V.I. Lenin, 1977, Moscow)

I.V. Stalin – Kratkaya Biografiya (Various, Moscow, 1950)

The Great Terror (Robert Conquest, 1988, USA)

The Avant-Garde in Russia 1910-1930 New Perspectives (Barron and Tuchman 1980, USA)

VKhUTEMAS-VKhUTEIN – Uchebnie Raboti 1920-1930 (Various, 2010, Moscow)

Yezhov – The Rise of Stalin’s ‘Iron Fist’ (J. Arch Getty, Oleg V. Naumoy, 2008, USA)

Stalin – the Court of the Red Tsar (Simon Sebag-Montefiore, 2003, UK)

The Lost Politburo Transcripts: From Collective Rule to Stalin’s Dictatorship, (Edited by Paul R. Gregory and Norman Naimark, 2008, USA)

Gulag – A History (Anne Applebaum, 2003, UK)

The Revolution Betrayed (Leon Trotsky, 1937, USA)

Everyday Stalinism (Sheila Fitzpatrick, 1999, USA)

Mayakovsky – Khudozhnik (Various, 2013 Moscow)

Butovski Polygon (Various, 2007 Moscow)

G – An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design and Film (Mertins and Jennings, 2011, London)

Young Stalin (Simon Sebag-Montefiore, 2007, UK)

Conspirator – Lenin in Exile (Helen Rappaport, London 2009)

Khrushchev (Edward Crankshaw, 1966, UK)

This I Cannot Forget (Anna Larina, London 1993)

The Battle for Spain (Antony Beevor, London 2006)

Nikolai Bukharin – The Last Years (Roy A. Medvedyev, 1980, USA)

Conversations with Stalin (Milovan Djilas, 1962, London)