Moscow: izdanie grippy druzey Khlebnikova,; Steklografiya NKPS, 1933. 12 pp. 29x21 cm. One of 100 copies. Original illustrated wrappers designed by Valentina Kulagina (1902-1987). Separate leaves (unrestored). One of the leaves in duplicate (pp. 9-10). Lacking the back wrapper.
The first and only edition. One of the rarest issues of the series.
The marginalia throughout the issue and additional marginalia on the duplicated page including the drawing of the woman’s head most likely belonging to Nikolay Khardzhiev (1903-1996), a writer, art historian, owner of the flat which Akhmatova called ‘the poets’ asylum’ and in which she met Tsvetaeva in 1941. Khardzhiev is best known as a collector and archivist of Russian avant-garde who appreciated it from the early stage.
Glass-printed collections of unpublished texts by the prominent figure of the Russian avant-garde Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922) were published by Alexei Kruchionykh during the years from 1928 to 1933 after the author passed away. In total 24 issues were printed. According to Viktor Shklovsky, because of these ‘incunabulas’ the literary heritage of one of the most exceptional Russian poets Khlebnikov has been preserved.
Each issue consisted of 12 to 20 pages and was printed in an edition of fifty to one hundred and fifty copies. For almost every issue the text was written by hand (collections ‘‘made’’ by Artem Vesely, Yuri Olesha, Boris Pasternak, Mikhail Pustynin are known) and then reproduced on a glass recorder. The imprint indicated that the publication was carried out by the ‘Group of friends of Khlebnikov’. In fact, both the idea and its implementation almost entirely belonged to the poet, theorist of futurism, the founder of the “abstruse language”, publisher and bibliophile Alexei Kruchionykh (1886-1968). With these little books he continued the tradition of futuristic lithographic editions of the 1910s.
This particular issue was designed by Valentina Kulagina, the wife and artistic partner of Gustav Klutsis, this being the only issue she designed. The collection includes: 1) poem ‘‘Razin’’ (the final version); 2) other poems; 3) notes.