19 May 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 8,750
EL LISSITZKY and others
Neues Baueun in Der Welt. Volumes 1-3 [all published]: Russland, Amerika, and Frankreich. Vienna: Anton Schroll and Company, 1930.
3 vols, quarto (c.290 x c.225mm). Round printed price-change sticker laid in vol. 1, and printed prospectus laid in vol. 3. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and diagrams. (Vol. 3 with light spotting to the first and last few leaves.) Original red cloth (vol. 1) stamped in blind and contrasting red, and original card covers (vols 2-3), original photo-illustrated dust-jackets designed by El Lissitzky (dust-jackets with some wear and expert small repairs). Provenance: an early reader (indistinct name and small press-mark on title of vol. 3).
FIRST EDITIONS, IN THE RARE EL LISSITZKY DESIGNED DUST-JACKETS, AND WITH THE RARE PRINTED PROSPECTUS, this with full-page reproductions of Lissitzky's cover designs for each volume in the series. ABPC records no copies in dust-jackets selling at auction in over 30 years. The first volume is the cloth-bound issue, and with the price-change sticker laid in. Harvard University and Busch-Reisinger Museums, El Lissitzky, pp. 152, 194-5; MoMA, The Russian Avant-Garde Book, pp.228-9. (3)
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The first leaf to volume 2, Amerika, is lacking (series title).