Item #1847 [VALENTINA KHODASEVICH] Mal’va. M. Gorky.


Petrograd: Izdanie Petrogradskogo Soveta Pabochikh i Krasnykh Deputatov, 1919. Item #1847

68 pp. 22x15 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Small tears of wrappers and spine, some stains occasionally, otherwise very good and mostly clean copy.

First thus edition. Rare.
An early Gorky’s work that raises the issue of women’s freedom. The work was first published in 1897 and was criticized at that time.
Cover design was produced by Valentina Khodasevich (1894-1970), his close friend. She was a Soviet painter, theater artist and Vladislav Khodasevich’s niece. She studied at Rerberg school, left for Paris but came back to Moscow in 1912. She worked at Tatlin’s studio, participated in exhibitions of Jack Of Diamonds, World of Art and other groups. She was familiar with Mayakovsky, Burliuk, Goncharova, Larionov, Radlov and others. In all, she made designs for 150 theater productions and was one of the best Leningrad theater artists of her time. In 1919, Gorky asked her to make covers and illustrations for a series of his stories including “Mal’va” and, in our humble opinion, Khodaseivich’s cover became a perfect match to the main character’s personality.

Worldcat shows one copy located in NYPL.

Price: $750.00

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