Paris: Frankorusskaya pechat’, 1922. Item #116
64 pp., port., ill. 21x15 cm. In original wrappers designed by the author. Some restoration of the spine. A near fine clean copy.
First edition. Very rare. One of 500 copies. Portrait was made by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Illustration by famous Georgian avant-garde artist Lado Gudiashvili (1896-1980) on p.53 and by the author on p.23. Valentin Parnakh (1891-1952) was a Russian poet, historian, translator, musician, dancer. After traveling in Europe and Arabia for several years he came back to Russia in 1922. In Paris he was involved in different artistic activities, he was close to I. Erenburg, I. Zdanevich, Dovid Knut, B. Poplavsky with whom they organized literary group ‘Chamber of Poets’. So back in Moscow Parnakh got in the center of artists’ attention and became close with poetic group ‘Moscow Parnasus’, started publishing innovative articles, giving lectures, put dances in Meyerhold theatre. Apparently Parnakh was the first man to introduce jazz to Russian audience. He published his first books of poetry in Paris, first three were illustrated by Goncharova and Larionov, the fourth (and the last one printed in Paris) - by Picasso. Pp. 25-26 were cut out by the publisher who was afraid of censorship after two Parnakh’s poems were called pornographic in the newspaper (Obshcheye delo). The author pasted pages in his own copies. In our copies pages are pasted in.