St. Petersburg: Obshhestvennaia pol'za, 1911. Item #745
172 pp.: ill. 21,5×17,5 cm. In illustrated wrappers, the original front cover preserved. Restored, some soiling, otherwise good.
First edition. Very rare.
Cover design and illustrations produced by Boris Grigoriev (1886-1939), the Russian painter and graphic artist whose style was a compromise between cubism and realism. Denying 1917 Revolution, he emigrated in 1919 but was trying to come back home and kept relations with avant-garde Russia. This pre-revolutionary edition features the art pieces that radically differ from his emigre graphic works and paintings in general. In 1910-1911 he followed traditions of ‘Mir Iskusstva’ society and was closer to art nouveau than avant-garde. This point unites the early works by Grigoriev and Kamensky, both are out of their recognized styles.
This is the first prose book by Vasily Kamensky (1884-1961), the futurist poet who is well-known for his ‘visual poetry’ of the 1910s, including ‘Tango with Cows’, and the experimental prints with Hylaea members. This book is full of anti-urbanist ideas of ‘return to nature’ that provided through the lyrical story.
Worldcat shows the only paper copy in New York Public Library.