Moscow: Éditions D'État Des Beaux-Arts, 1938. First Edition. French-language issue of this landmark Soviet art magazine, issued from 1930 to 1941 to celebrate the achievements of the first two Five Year Plans and (through various foreign-language editions) to propagandize the stark contrast between the vibrant Soviet economy during this period and the stagnation of Western economies under capitalism. "All the visual strategies of the propaganda photobooks, designed by Lissitsky, Rodchenko and others...were developed in USSR in Construction, one of the most beautifully produced magazines of the twentieth century" (Parr-Badger, The Photobook, I:148).
The present issue to the Soviet Socialist Republic of Kyrgyzstan. With text by El-Reghistan, photos by M. Alpert and layout designed by S. Telingater. Folio (41.5cm); printed card wrappers, stapled; [36pp]; illus; text is in French. Light wear to spine fold and extremities, with a few short tears, light dustiness and faint stains to wrappers; tiny price rubber stamped to upper left corner of rear wrapper; Very Good+.