Moscow: Kras. nov’, 1924. Item #1144
90,  pp. 13.4x18 cm. In original illustrated publisher’s avant-garde wrappers by R. Mazel. Soviet bookshop stamp on the rear wrapper, slight wear. Otherwise near fine.
Scarce. First edition.
A rare lifetime edition of Vladimir Mayakovsky’s collection of verses with remarkable avant-garde design by Ruvim Mazel (1890-1967).
After graduating from the Yudel Pen School of Drawing and Painting in Vitebsk, Mazel entered the St. Petersburg Drawing School of the Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1906), where he studied under Roerich and Benoit. In the period from 1910 until 1914, Mazel attended the Academy of Arts, private studios in Munich, and travelled across Italy to study the works of the Renaissance masters. When the war broke out, Ruvim was conscripted into the army and sent to Turkmenia, where his artistic career took off. In 1922, Mazel, together with the fellow artists N. Vladychuk and M. Libakov, established an art studio Avant-Garde Art School of the Orient in Ashgabat. Six years later, Ruvim returned to Moscow and started working in the publishing houses Moskva, Krasnaya Nov’, Raduga, etc. The artist actively engaged with some of the most popular Soviet avant-garde authors, designing books for Vladimir Mayakovsky and Ilya Ehrebnurg (Trubka [i.e. Tube]; 1924).
The edition features Mayakovsky’s nine verses dedicated to such topics as Kursk, the Komsomol, air flight, Chaplin, Germany, etc.
The publication serves as a rare example of collaboration between Mazel and Mayakovsky.
Worldcat shows copies of the edition at Amherst College Library, New York Public Library System, Yale University Library, University of Notre Dame, Getty Research Institute, and University of California.