This is one of the best know collectible albums made by Soviet publishers. From the Cooperative Publishing Society of Foreign Workers in the USSR, 1937, this is a translation and reformatting of the seminal Stalinist text, of the same name, published in Russian.
The Authors of this volume are: M. Gorky, V. Molotov, K. Voroshilov, S. Kirov, A Zhdanov and J. Stalin. This history is famous as the founding text of the Stalin cult, rewriting the history of the October Revolution to eliminate Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev, Bukharin and everyone else Stalin had recently killed. This book was necessary to allow the party faithful to navigate Soviet history without making reference to the many traitors and wreckers that had once been revolutionaries.
This book once belonged to Karl Zucker.
There are many illustrations in this volume, all done to canonical Socialist Realist style.
Here is the famous armband. A replica of a Red Guardsman’s armband, this scrap of fabric is tipped in, as it were, glued to the page.