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    Sale 7472

    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 198

    GONCHAROVA, Natalia (illustrator) and KRUCHENYKH, Aleksei and KHLEBNIKOV, Velemir (authors). Mirskontsa. [Worldbackwards]. Moscow: [G.L. Kuzmin and S.D. Dolinskyi, 1912].

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    GONCHAROVA, Natalia (illustrator) and KRUCHENYKH, Aleksei and KHLEBNIKOV, Velemir (authors). Mirskontsa. [Worldbackwards]. Moscow: [G.L. Kuzmin and S.D. Dolinskyi, 1912].

    4° (188 x 150mm). Lithographed or rubber-stamped throughout. 28 lithographed illustrations. (Light browning, light wear in a few margins.) Original stapled tan wrappers, original decoupage by Goncharova and lithographed title on the upper side (spine foot chipped, some wear). Provenance: Russian bookseller's small stamps on inside of lower cover.

    FIRST EDITION, WITH AN ORIGINAL COVER DéCOUPAGE BY GONCHAROVA. ONE OF THE EARLIEST AVANT-GARDE COLLABORATIONS, and published in the same period as the other great iconoclastic experiments: Igra v Adu and Starinnaia liubov. The illustrations include 13 by Goncharova, 9 by Larionov, 4 by Rogovin and 1 by Tatlin. One of 220 copies only, each with a unique cover by Goncharova. MoMA, The Russian Avant-Garde Book, pp. 68-9.


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