27 November 2008
KRUCHENYKH, Aleksei (author), and Natalia GONCHAROVA, Kazimir MALEVICH, Ol'ga ROZANOVA, Nikolai KULBIN and Natan AL'TMAN (illustrators). Vzorval. [Explodity.] St. Petersburg: self published, 1913.
Small 2° (177 x 120mm). Lithographed throughout with illustrations after Goncharova, Kulbin, Rozanova, Al'tman and Malevich, rubber-stamped text, some printing on coloured paper. (?Blank bottom half of first leaf lacking, some wear). Original stapled lithographed wrappers (spine defective, small losses, some spotting and wear). Provenance: faint, indistinct stamp on the rear wrapper, pencilled shelf-mark on the front wrapper.
THE RARE FIRST EDITION. ONE OF ONLY 350 COPIES. One of the most effective examples of the Futurist desire to explode traditional categories, and break-down the distinctions between text and image. Rowell & Wye, The Russian Avant Garde Book, 56.
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