Kiev: Rukh, 1933. 141 pp. 18,5x14,5 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Tears of oversized covers, fragments of spine lost, stamps and marks of library of the Union of Soviet Writers of Ukraine (was a part of the Union of Writers of USSR and was reorganized in 1991) on t.p., p. 17, 140, otherwise very good and uncut copy.
First and only edition. One of 4170 copies. The book is a collection of three prose works by Ukrainian playwright and writer Mykola Ledianko (1898-1963).
Cover design was produced by Vasyl Yermylov (1894-1968), Soviet Ukrainian avant-garde artist and a founder of Ukrainian constructivism. Yermylov is the author of many projects: movable kiosks, propaganda vans, advertising tribunes and other street decorations for socialist celebrations as an art leader of Ukrainian ROSTA agency. He also worked in industrial art: he developed and created designs of packages, match boxes, trademarks, etc. Once Yermylov became a type designer and even was a constructor of a performance of Kaiser’s ‘Gas’ in Proletkult theater.
Finally, Yermylov contributed to the design of Ukrainian printed matters. In collaboration with other cubo-futurists, Yermylov took part in the creation of an album ‘Sem’ plius Tri’ (1918). Among his works are ‘Ladomir’ by V. Khlebnikov (1920), magazines ‘Kolos’ia’ (#17 for 1918), ‘Nove Mistetstvo’ (1927), ‘Avangard’ (1928-1930) ‘Kul’tura i propaganda’ (1933). Some of his works were published in magazine ‘Nova generatsiia’ (separate issues of 1927-1930). Yermylov created photomontages and applied cinema experiments to book design.
In 1928, Yermilov was entrusted to decorate the Ukrainian section of the Soviet pavilion at the International Exhibition ‘Press’ in Cologne with El Lissitzky and A. Rodchenko, for which he prepared a constructivist installation (a transparent twisting column), large-format factory wall newspapers and a series of twenty large-format albums about Ukraine. Together with A. Petritsky, Yermilov decorated a pavilion of the Ukrainian SSR at the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (VDNKH in Moscow) in 1937-1938.
No copies found in Worldcat.