[VARIOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS]. BIERUT, Boleslaw.
The Six-Year Plan For the Reconstruction of Warsaw.
(Warsaw): Ksiazka i Wiedza, (1951).
(330 x 244 mm), pp.367, . 559 black-and-white photographs, 39 black-and-white diagrams, 3 black-and-white photomontages. 15 plates with colour maps, 25 folding plates each with black-and-white drawings and photographs. Black-and-white illustrated endpapers. Blue cloth-covered boards, spine and upper side lettered and decorated in gilt; head of spine bumped, text block starting to pull at head but holding firm, print production error and crease to corner of two leaves, gilt rubbed at spine. Plain light brown dust-jacket; toning to spine, a few chips and short tears, title to spine in pencil. A very good copy.
First edition in English, first published in Poland in 1950. This lavish book is based on a report made at the Warsaw Conference of the Polish United Workers Party in July 1949. Bierut was instrumental in establishing the period of Stalinism in Poland following World War II, between 1947 and 1954 he served as President of Poland and then Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Poland. He died on March 12 1956 during a visit to Moscow whilst attending the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, speculation at the time was rife with reports that he had been poisoned. This book clearly shows that the Sovietisation of Poland was already well under way.