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1. IMPORTANT EARLY ESSAY



A.
Grishchenko. Krizis iskusstva i sovremennaia zhivopis'... The Crisis in Art and Contemporary Painting. First Edition. Moscow. 1917. Cover shows black and white reproduction of Picasso's "Man with a Clarinet". 10 x 6 ½".
2. IMAGINISTS
Various artists (P. Konchalovsky, G. Iakulov, and others). Avtografy. Autographs. Various authors (K. Bal'mont, S. Esenin, V. Kamensky, B. Pasternak and others). Imazhinisty. Moscow. 1919. Lithographed text handwritten by the authors. 11 x 8".
3. IMAGINISTS


[B. Erdman] 2 X 2 = 5. Listy imazhinista. The Imaginists' Pages. First Edition.
Moscow. Imaginists, 1920.
V. Shershenevich. Avant-garde cover and publisher's logo by B. Erdman. 7
¼ x 5 ¼".
4. MASIUTIN ILLUSTRATIONS
(V. Masiutin) A. Lunacharsky. Ivan v raiu. Ivan in Paradise. Play. Moscow. 1920. First Edition. Cover and woodcut illustrations by V. Masiutin. Gosizdat. 12 x 9".
5. FAIRY TALE PUBLISHED IN KAZAN IN 1921
(I. Pleschinsky) Tukaev, A. Koza i baran. The Goat and the Ram. Fairy Tale. First Edition. Kazan. 1921. Early Soviet children's book with original linocuts. Illustrated with 3 b/w linocuts (including cover) and 4 tipped-in large color linocuts. 8 x 6 ¼
".  
6. KAMERNY THEATER


Masterstvo teatra
. Theater Artistry. Moscow. Russian Theatrical Society. 1922 #1. Restoration to covers. Early Constructivist design. 12 x 9". Displayed in Great Utopia, see reference at page 492.

7. RARE PRELUDE TO POLONSKY'S RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONARY POSTERS

(V. Polonsky). Russkii revoliutsionnyi plakat. "Ottisk iz zhurnala 'Pechat' i revoliutsiia'" The Russian Revolutionary Poster. "Reprint from the journal 'Print and the Revolution'" and the precursor work to Polonsky's Russkii revoliutsionnyi plakat. The Russian Revolutionary Poster. Gozistel'stvo. Moscow. 1922. Covers repaired. 10 ¾ x 7 ½". 
8. CONSTRUCTIVIST COVER DESIGN BY L. POPOVA
 
 
 
K novym beregam muzykal'nogo iskusstva.
Toward New Shores: Journal of Musical Art. Complete set in 3 numbers. Issue #3 in binding with stamps. Constructivist cover graphic by Liubov Popova. Moscow. 1923. 11 ¼ x 8 ½" .  
9. FIVE LITERARY BOOKS PUBLISHED BY "KROKODIL" in 1923. 
 
(i) Nikulin, L. Krasnyi flot. Red Fleet. Poem. First edition. Petrograd: "Krokodil", 1923.  
10 ¼ x 7" wraps. Cover design and illustrations by V. Kozlinsky.
 
(ii) Gorodetsky, S. et al. Krasnyi bogatyr. Red Bogatyr and Other Stories. First edition. Petrograd: "Krokodil", 1923. 10 ¼ x 7" wraps. Cover design by V. Kozlinsky.
 
(iii) Various authors. Lavochnik-Razluchnik. Shop-keeper - Separator (as in rival in love). First Edition. Moscow-Petrograd. "Krokodil", 1923. 10 ¼ x 7". Cover design by D. Melnikov.
 
(iv) Various authors. Zhivoi Krokodil. Live Crocodile. Plays. First edition. Petrograd: "Krokodil". 1923. 10 ¼ x 7". Cover design by I. Fedotov.
 
(v) Kremlev, I. Briuki. Trousers and Other Stories. First Edition. Moscow-Petrograd: Biblioteka "Krokodila", 1923. Covers designed by V. Kozlinsky. 
10. LISSITZKY COVER DESIGN



El Lissitzky. Cover with letterpress. Broom, volume 4, no. 3. Harold Loeb, ed. Berlin-New York. February, 1923. Some pages uncut. Toning around the edges.

11. FAMOUS LEBEDEV ILLUSTRATIONS
[V. Lebedev] Russian Placards. Placard Russe. 1917-1922. Petrograd: Strelets. 1923. 
8 ⅜ x 7 ½". Covers expertly re-attached, very nice copy.
12. RODCHENKO DESIGN



Rodchenko, A.
L'Art Decoratif et Industriel de l'U.R.S.S. Decorative and Industrial Art of the USSR. Moscow-Paris, 1925. A. Lunacharsky, D. Shterenberg, A. Sidorov, D. Arkin, et al. Text in French. 8 x 10 ". Minor repair to upper right front cover.
13-15. THREE MAYAKOVSKY FIRSTS - RODCHENKO COVER DESIGNS



(i) Sifilis. Zakkiniga. Tiflis. 1926. 5 x 6 ¾".
(ii) Razgovor s fininspektorom o pozzii. Conversation With a Tax Collector About Poetry. Zakkiniga. Tiflis. 1926. 5 x 6 ¾". 
(iii) Sergeiu Eseninu. Zakkniga. Tiflis. 1926. 5 x 6 ¾".
16. KLUTSIS POSTCARD
Water Sports. Spartakiada. 1928.  
Design by G. Klutsis. Lithograph on cardboard.  
17. LENINGRAD IZORAM


IZO rabochei molodezhi Leningrada (IZORAM).
Art of Leningrad's Working Youth. Tretiakov Gallery Publishing. Moscow. 1929. 5 ¼ x 6 ". Catalog of the Leningrad IZORAM. Several essays, including one by M. Brodsky.
18. KLUTSIS, SEN'KIN, ELKIN 
G. Klutsis, G. Goroshchenko, A. Fedorov-Davydov, et al. Editor P. Novitsky. IZOFRONT: Klassovaya bor'ba... Art Front: Class War at the Front of Spatial Arts. Moscow-Leningrad: OGIZ-IZOGIZ, 1931. 6 ¾ x 5
". With seldom-seen dust jacket. Collection of materials of the avant-garde group OKTIABR ("October").  
19. CONSTRUCTIVIST MASTERPIECE
       
Telingater, S. Bor'ba za proletarskie klassovye pozitsii na fronte prostranstvennykh iskusstv. OKTIABR. October. The Struggle for the Proletarian Class Position on the Front of Spatial (Three-Dimensional) Arts). Moscow. Izogiz. 1931. 10 ¼ x 7 ¼". Manifesto of the "OKTIABR'" ("October") group.
20. LENINGRAD IZORAM

Matsa, I. The Leningrad IZORAM. OGIZ-IZOGIZ. Moscow - Leningrad, 1932. 6 x 8 ¼
". With photo decorated paper wraps. Contains reproductions of drawings and posters, and installation photos of street propaganda. Expert repairs to top edge of front and back covers. Owner's signature in red on title page.  

21. SHESTAKOV ILLUSTRATIONS



Pervomaisky, L. Nachalo zhizni. Beginning of Life. First edition. UT & MKhAT-2. Moscow. 1936. Cover design and Illustrations by V. Shestakov (worked at Meyerhold Theater).             7 ⅛ x 5 ½". 
22. RODCHENKO DESIGNED COVER



Rodchenko, A. International Literature. 1932 no. 1. Co-Operative Publishing Society of Foreign Workers in the USSR. First issue of this export title announces the Reconstruction of Literary and Artistic Organizations. Cover design signed by Rodchenko. 10 x 7".

23. AZERBAIJAN SATIRICAL JOURNAL
 
Mulla Nasrudin. Azerbaijani Satirical Magazine. 12 issues from 1909, some without covers. Tbilisi [Tiflis] / Baku. Text in Azerbaijani. 10 ½ x 14". Satirical illustrations criticizing anti-feminist and traditional practices.   
24. TOILING WOMEN OF THE EAST
Truzhenitsa vostoka. Toiling Women of the East. Series. Eighteen (18) small pamphlets with illustrated lithographic covers in different colors. Each measures 5 ½ x 7 ½. "NKZ". Moscow 1927-28. Titles include: "Azerbaijan Woman", "Bashkir Woman", "Buryat Woman", "Dagestanka Woman", "Mordovka Woman", "Uzbek Woman", etc.   
 
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