Pervaia Vsesoiuznaia Spartakiada, Moscow, 1928 i Zimniaia Rabochaia Spartakiada, Oslo. Title from cover: Spartakiada CCCP
by Mikhels, V., Vsevolod Filippov, N. Shebuev, Avenir Chernomordik, et al.
Unpaginated (86 leaves printed both recto and verso) album published in conjunction with the first Winter and Summer Spartakiads held in Oslo and Moscow in February and August, 1928, with brief texts about the competitions and participants as well as the backgrounds of the events, accompanied by many hundreds of photographic images, including some very interesting photocollages incorporating radical typographic elements. Oblong large 4to. Orig. decorative cloth. Moscow (Fizkultura i Sport) 1928. An unusual book production with original graphic designs distinct from the developing consensus of Constructivist page layout and design of the mid 1920's, but radically avant-garde in character nonetheless. Spartakiads were held in Eastern Europe and Russia starting in 1928 and were seen as a proletarian alternative to the Olympic games. The name was derived from the slave rebel leader Spartacus, whose revolt united slaves from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and who stood in contrast to the aristocratic nature of the Ancient Olympic Games on which the modern "capitalist" Olympics were supposedly based, according to Soviet orthodoxy. Spartakiads were held in various locales throughout much of the 20th century, though the Soviet Union did join the International Olympics in 1952. This publication, which documents the first games, is found by WorldCat in only two libraries in North America as of November 2014. (Inventory #: 47412)
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