Moscow, OGIZ, Molodaia Gvardiya, 1933.

Мамин мост [Mummy’s Bridge].

8vo, ff. [16], including the original printed paper wrappers, wire-sewn as issued, in full colour throughout; very small loss to upper corner of front wrapper, first and final leaves partially detached, a few small marks, else fine; inkstamp ‘Printed in Soviet Union’ to the upper wrapper.


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First edition of this children’s book on the technological expertise and competence of the Soviet state.

Beginning with a map of the USSR, the work goes on to show each individual doing their job, highlighting the Communist ethos of strength through unity. The present heroine, however, is Maikin’s mummy, whose exclusive project is to design a cheap and strong railway bridge. A triumph of engineering, the bridge transforms the area in which it is built, in typical Soviet fashion.

This is a charming manifestation of the Communist ethos of intellectual gender equality, coupled with the importance of raising a family – one spread shows the mother at her work with Maikin playing with an educational toy at her feet.

OCLC finds five copies.

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