29 November 2007
BABEL, Isaak Emmanuilovich (1894-1940). Five works by Isaak Babel, including Konarmiia [Red Cavalry], Mariia and Bluzhdaiushchie Zvezdy [Wandering Stars]. Various places: various publishers, 1926-1935.
Various formats (143 x 111mm to 218 x 175mm). Some half-titles, lithographs. (Light browning, some wear, a few leaves coming loose.) Publisher's original illustrated wrappers and boards and one in contemporary grey cloth (edges fraying, extremities rubbed). Provenance: various twentieth-century stamps -- one owner's signature.
FIRST EDITION of the film script Bluzhdaiushchie Zvezdy which Babel was commissioned to write by Goskino, based on the Yiddish novel of the same title by Sholom Aleichem. The first edition of Mastera Sovremennoi Literatury [Masters of Contemporary Literature], focusing on Babel and included in this lot, features a short autobiography in which Babel notes his debt to Gor'kii. The cover portrait of Babel is by Natan Al'tman. Babel enjoyed the reputation of a Master only briefly; in the next decade he committed himself to the 'genre of silence' as persecution by the new regime grew.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
No VAT on hammer price or buyer's premium.
The Plantin Polyglot bible — offered on 11 July — makes an emotional homecoming to the Antwerp printing press where it was produced some 450 years ago
Marianne Ihlen inspired some of the Canadian poet and musician’s greatest work. A selection of his gifts to her are offered in Valuable Books & Manuscripts on 11 July
What leading art, technology and finance specialists said at the inaugural Art +Tech Summit at Christie’s in London
From Connecticut to Kent in southeast England, homes with links to such classic works as Desire under the Elms, Lord of the Flies and The Deep Blue Sea