A History of the Russian and Soviet Film
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 16cm, 4930pp + 32pp plates.
This history of the turbulent destiny of Kino ("film" in Russian) documents the artistic development of the Russian and Soviet cinema and traces its growth from 1896 to the death of Sergei Eisenstein in 1948. Beginning with the Lumiere filming of the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, Jay Leyda links Russia's pre-Revolutionary past with its Communist present through the observation of a major cultural phenomenon: the evolution of the Soviet film as an artistic and political instrument. Illustrated with 32 pages of photographs and smaller drawings within the text.
A good reading copy. The book has quite heavy foxing to the page edges and margins, and dry tape marks to the pastedowns. The dustwrapper is worn to the edges, a little creased and has the tape marks to the flaps. It is now within a protective sleeve.