29 November 2007
MAIAKOVSKII, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Misteriia Buff. Geroicheskoe Epicheskoe i Satiricheskoe Izobrazhenie Nashei Epokhi. [Mystery Bouffe: A Heroical, Epical, and Satirical Portrayal of our Times]. St. Petersburg: IMO, 1918.
8° (270 x 200mm). (Light browning in the margins.) Publisher's original illustrated wrappers, printed in blue and orange (repairs on the spine and extremities). Provenance: V. Barshevskii (inscription from Maiakovskii in pen on title) -- bookseller's short inscription in ink on inside back cover.
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY MAIAKOVSKII: 'V. Barshevskomu dlia tovarishcheskogo otzyva [For V. Barshevskii in friendly reply]'. Meierkhold directed the production of Maiakovskii's play which opened in St. Petersburg in November 1918, with Futurist set designs by Kazimir Malevich. Mystery Bouffe, sometimes called 'the first Soviet play', was written to mark the first anniversary of the new, Communist government. MoMA, The Russian Avant-Garde Book, p.201.
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