Szabad Majus Elseje (Free May Day). Title from cover: Szabad Majus I.
VIII pp. introductory text followed by a 136 pp. compendium of photographs and photomontages, reminiscent of the style of Rodchenko and El Lissitzsky, published under the auspices of the Hungarian Communist Party, the Social Democratic Party and the Free Trade Unions, celebrating the first May Day in war-torn Hungary, strikingly illustrated throughout. Some pp. a bit age-darkened; several pp. with a small fragment of the lower corner detached and repaired with tape. 4to. Wrpps., with another striking image on front cover in black, red and cream, also creased and somewhat damaged at lower corner, but all present. Budapest (Magyar Kommunista Part; Magyar Szocialdemokrata Part; Szakszervezetek Orszagos Tanacsa) 1945. A brilliant work, done in the style of the great Soviet photomontage propaganda books of the 1930s. The page design and photomontages were overseen by Robert Byssz, taken from images by a diverse array of artists including Marian Reismann, Gyorgy Rozsa, Sandor Szucs, Vera Varga, Jozsef Szabo, Laszlo Vamos, Karoly Karadi, Jeno Babulik, et al. Hungary, ravaged by the Second World War, was celebrating its freedom after being liberated by the Soviet Army; though the Soviet takeover was essentially complete, the ramifications of the occupation were not yet apparent. As of June 2014 WorldCat locates only two copies of this masterwork in North American libraries. (Inventory #: 47939)
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