2 December 2004
MAIAKOVSKII, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930) and Lazar' Markovich ['El'] LISITSKII (1890-1941, artist). Dlia Golosa [For the Voice]. Moscow: Lutze & Vogt for the State Publishing House, 1923.
8° (187 x 131mm). Half-tone title printed in black and red and typography and illustrations printed in black and red, all after Lisitskii, leaves with fore-edges cut to form index tabs. (Occasional light marking, particularly affecting index tabs.) Original printed orange wrappers after Lisitskii (wrappers lightly marked, extremities lightly rubbed, traces of adhesive label on lower wrapper). Provenance: 'To Nala Aleksandrovna , Vladimir , Maiakovskii' (presentation inscription on front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND WELL-REALISED CONSTRUCTIVIST COLLABORATIONS, INSCRIBED BY MAIAKOVSKII AND EMBELLISHED WITH A DRAWING OF A FLOWER -- only one other copy of Dlia Golosa inscribed by the author is recorded by ABPC since 1975 (which, in turn, is one of only 6 inscribed works by Maiakovskii listed for that period). Lisitskii's 'most famous typographically functional book is [...] his 1923 conception for Mayakovsky's volume of poetry For the Voice [...] Whereas the cover is a superb example of Lissitsky's familiar system, using a typographic structure accompanied by expressively evocative graphic motifs, it is on the inner pages, and in particular, the opening page of each poem, that one discovers Lissitsky's extraordinary inventiveness in the use of letterpress typography. From the exclusive resources of the compositor's typecase [...] 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' (Rowell and Wye p.54). Hogben and Watson From Manet to Hockney 68; Johnson Artists' Books in the Modern Era 41; Rowell and Wye The Russian Avant-Garde Book 478.
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