Book Sale

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People’s Co-op Bookstore

Located for ages on Commercial Drive in Vancouver , the People’s Co-op Bookstore has played an important part in my collection.  A left wing book store associated with Canadian CP, it was the outlet for the Soviet presses in Vancouver.  After the folding of Progress, Aurora and the other Soviet presses in 1991 the store […]

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Outer Space or Bust

Gennadi Chernenko – Outer Space or Bust A children’s book with a lot of text and many, many fine illustrations.  No date on the book, but it has an ISBN (5050017122) so it is likely from the 1980’s.  Some nice illustrations of Gagarin and Korolev, as well as many fanciful visions of the future of […]

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Leninabad is 2500

Leninabad is 2500 From 1986, Irfon press published album celebrating Leninabad, the once and future city of Khujand, Tajikistan.  This book is filled with photos emphasizing the modern look of this ancient city, highlighting the 1970s style of ‘national’ socialist realist architecture.  Of course there are the requisite statuary and happy people with medals, but the […]

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Soviet Turkmenistan

P. Kosyrev – Soviet Turkmenistan A 1956 medium-size celebration of the great Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic, now a slightly terrifying petro-tyranny that could teach Stalin himself how to run a cult of personality.  But back in the good old days a land of tankers and buses.   Lovely dustjacket, embossed cover and ethnically-appropriate designs throughout, […]

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Views of the USSR

Views of the USSR A photo album of natural wonders from across the Soviet Union.  Published by the Foreign Language Publishing House, not dated, but it looks to be from the late ’50s or ’60s.  The photos are organized by region, each region starting with a beautiful black ink illustration, on a coloured paper, something I’ve […]

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Physics for Entertainment

Y. Perelman – Physics for Entertainment, Book 1 A very attractive children’s popular science book from the Foreign Language Publishing House, designed by L. Lamm.  Full of great line drawing illustrations. I’m sure this book will bring back fond memories for some readers, some who even wore the pioneer’s kerchief.

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