Moscow: The State Publishing Union of RSFSR, 1932. 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 10th anniversary of the Transcaucasian Federation, detailing the customs and contributions of its people in text and photos. Folio (42cm); printed wrappers, saddle-stitched; pp; illus.; text is entirely in English. Some wear, mild toning, and handling to wrappers, with a few faint creases to same, and a few faint damp marks at margins; 8-panel centerfold spread is detached from staples, but present; just Very Good.