Constitution (Fundamental Law) of the USSR
The 1937 first printing of the Stalin Constitution
First edition, small hardback with printed titling to spine and upper board. 13 × 8.5cm, 128pp.
A first printing of the 1936 Soviet Constitution, adopted on 5 December 1936 and also known as the Stalin Constitution, redesigned the government of the Soviet Union. It nominally granted all manner of rights and freedoms, and spelled out a number of democratic procedures. In practice, by asserting the "leading role" of the Communist Party, it cemented the complete control of the party and its leader, Joseph Stalin.
The covers are rather dull and rubbed to the spine ends but the contents are in good order. American bookshop stamp to ffep.