29 November 2007
KHLEBNIKOV, Velemir. Bitvy 1915-1917. Novoe Uchenie o Voine. [Battles 1915-1917. New Studies of War]. St. Petersburg: Svet, 1914.
8° (233 x 180mm). Printed on thick pale-green paper. (Light marginal fading and occasional spotting, one leaf with wear in the fore-margin.) Original printed wrappers (lacking spine, covers re-attached, upper side soiled). Provenance: Russian bookseller's stamps on lower side.
FIRST EDITION. Khlebnikov, establishing mathematical relations between historical dates, predicts the outbreak of the first World War and of the Bolshevik Revolution. With a preface by Aleksei Kruchenykh. Rare: ABPC records only one copy at auction, in 1985. Not in MoMA, The Russian Avant-Garde Book.
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