Moscow: State Publishing House of the RSFSR, 1930. First Edition. Well-preserved 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 is entirely devoted to the capitals of the Soviet Union: Moscow, Harkov, Minsk, Tiflis, Stalingrad, Ashkabad, and Samarqand. Folio (42cm); printed wrappers, saddle-stitched; pp; illus.; text is entirely in English. Light wear along spine-fold and wrapper extremities, with a few short tears to same, with two clear tape mends on verso; shallow loss to upper left corner of rear wrapper; Very Good+.