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Rabskiy Trud. (Slave Labour)

Various Artists. Kronman, Evgeny

Moscow. Ogiz-Izogiz. 1931
An excellent copy of this very scarce analysis of capitalist exploitation with extensive satirical illustration.

From the edition limited to 5,000 copies.

The striking photomontage cover by Sergei Senkin depicts toiling exploited labourers of every kind, while the illustration throughout - accompanied by analytical anti-capitalist commentary - is drawn from the work of George Grosz, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Otto Dix, Käthe Kollwitz, Frans Masereel, John Heartfield and others. While the illustration is largely satirical in tone, pace Grosz, some, such as that by Kollwitz, is pathetic and some of the images, such as the group of African-American workers depicted on page 26, is reportage.

This work is scarce and we can trace only the copy at the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin.
[16 leaves; pp. 31, (i)]. Large 8vo. (260 x 184 mm). Leaf with title recto and credits verso, leaf with introductory text recto and verso and 14 leaves with text and numerous monochrome illustrations (see below), one in red and black, occasional lines of text in red, final leaf verso with contents. Original publisher's cream stapled wrappers as issued, titles to front cover in black and photomontage illustration by Sergei Senkin in brown and black over front and rear covers.

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