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    Sale 7472

    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 224

    MAIAKOVSKII, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930) and LISITSKII, Lazar Markovich, 'El' (1890-1941; illustrator). Dlia Golosa. [For the Voice]. Moscow: Lutze & Vogt for the State Publishing House, 1923.

    Price Realised  

    MAIAKOVSKII, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930) and LISITSKII, Lazar Markovich, 'El' (1890-1941; illustrator). Dlia Golosa. [For the Voice]. Moscow: Lutze & Vogt for the State Publishing House, 1923.

    8° (187 x 130mm). Half-tone title printed in black and red, 24 illustrations printed in black and red, all after Lisitskii, leaves with fore-edges cut to form index tabs. (Light soiling.) Original orange wrappers after Lisitskii printed in red and black (light soiling, light creasing near the extremities).

    FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND WELL-REALISED CONSTRUCTIVIST COLLABORATIONS. Lisitskii's 'most famous typographically functional book'; 'the cover is a superb example of Lissitsky's familiar system', but 'it is on the inner pages, and in particular, the opening page of each poem, that one discovers Lissitsky's extraordinary inventiveness... he invented bold red and black pictograms, mixing letters and abstract motifs, to visually project the exuberant and exclamatory nature of Mayakovsky's poems. Furthermore, since Mayakovsky's volume of poetry was meant for recitation, Lissitsky's invention of a thumb-tab index for ease in finding each poem epitomizes the notion of the book as functional object' (MoMA, p.54). A VERY GOOD COPY. Hogben and Watson, From Manet to Hockney 68; Johnson, Artists' Books in the Modern Era 41; MoMA, The Russian Avant-Garde Book, pp.194-5.


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