?????? or Moscow presumed. Card. Spiral. . Very Good. Very handsome Russian cosmetics catalogue, conveniently in three languages (Russian, French and English). 4to. 26 by 17.5 cm. Unpaginated, 17 leaves. A color plate on every recto (other than one with title page), and facing verso with a trilingual description of the product(s) shown. Most of the plates, besides the product, have a backdrop of a famous Moscow landmark -- the University, the Bolshoi -- or some other pretty touch such as branches with cherry blossoms, a pagoda, a harbor view at nighttime. The various bottles, tubes, boxes, bars of soap, etc. are all lovely to behold as physical objects, and this catalogue certainly represents that commercial art during the Soviet era, far from dreary, could at least in some instances rise to a high level. Whatever the virtues of the beauty products on display, the catalogue itself most definitely deserved to be cherished. Foxing on the front cover. Otherwise, clean and bright.
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