Petrograd: Parus, 1916. Item #1473
116,  pp. 22x15 cm. In original printed wrappers. Spine and corners of covers restored, ink signature on front cover, some small stains on t.p. and pages, pre-revolutionary bookstore label on rear side of front cover.
Mayakovsky’s first major collection of verse. The poet issued the earliest book with the loud title ‘Ya’ (1913) that consisted of four poems. All of them in the same sequence and formed the first section of the collection ‘Simple as Mooing’. The book also included the previously published tragedy ‘Vladimir Mayakovsky’ (1914) and a poem ‘Oblako v shtanakh’ (1915).
Osip Brik sponsored the publication of this collection and Mayakovsky’s following works. This version of ‘Oblako v shtanakh’ shows fewer censorship cuts than the version published in 1915.
Worldcat shows copies located in Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Illinois, North Carolina, New York Universities, Getty Institute, Amherst College and NYPL.