[PHOTOMONTAGE COVER DESIGN BY RODCHENKO] Chelovek na kryshe: Vtoraya kniga stikhov [i.e. Man on the Roof. The Second Book of Poetry]. G. V. Kreitan.

[PHOTOMONTAGE COVER DESIGN BY RODCHENKO] Chelovek na kryshe: Vtoraya kniga stikhov [i.e. Man on the Roof. The Second Book of Poetry]

Tiflis: Izd-vo ob-va «Zakkniga», 1928. Item #119

91 pp. 21x14 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Near fine. Signed by the author on the title page (in poetic form).

First and only edition. Scarce. One of 3000 copies. Photomontage design of the cover by Alexander Rodchenko (defined by reference). Georgy Vladimirovich Kreitan (1900-1951) published his first book of poems in 1926 while he was still serving in Red Army (1924-28). In Tbilisi he was one of the editors in ‘Zarya Vostoka’ newspaper. He organized poetry group for mostly high school students (others were conscripted) where poems were read and consultations given. Bulat Okudjava was one of comers to the group. Author’s autograph on the title page in a form of the poem: «Pishu tak stikh, chto tru ego, / Pok ne izotru do dna, / Vam eta strofa, Tetrtsova, / Vam eta strofa odna?»; lower he added «Util’-stariyo» (i.e. ‘Old Junk’).

WorldCat locates one copy (Getty Research Institute).

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