[COVER DESIGN BY GAMREKELI] Qurdi [i.e. Thief. Poems]
Tiflis: Trud, 1927. Item #118
14,  pp. 17х13 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Author’s signature on the first page. Near fine.
First edition. One of 1000 copies. Rare. Cover design by Irakli Gamrekeli (1894-1943), Georgian Soviet set designer and one of the founders of Georgian avant-garde stage design influenced by Stenberg brothers and Kirill Zdanevich. From 1922 to 1943 Gamrekeli worked with the Rustaveli Theatre, where he designed 50 productions, including William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1925), Friedrich Schiller’s The Robbers (1933) and Shakespeare’s Othello (1937). In his early works abstract geometrical constructions prevailed, later he turned to architectural forms. He illustrated a few books in the same style he designed set decorations. This cover is regarded as an exemplary Georgian avant-garde design. Signed in Georgian by the author Karlo Kaladze (1904-1988), Georgian Soviet poet, one of the first Georgian proletarian poets.
WorldCat locates only one copy (Yale University Library).