Moscow: GIZ, 1926. Item #299
142,  pp.: ill. 18x10 cm. Original wrappers designed by Alexander Rodchenko. Very good. Minor loss of the spine from the edges.
First edition. One of 3000 copies. Scarce! One of the rarer Mayakovsky/Rodchenko books. The book contains the notes from poet’s trip to America and Mexico in 1925 that tend to show the countries from tougher side. The pictures from the trips are included in the edition as well.
The wrapper designed by long-time Mayakovsky’s collaborator Rodchenko can be called the classic of constructivist design.
Mayakovsky disliked America long before he saw it. The lines summarizing the trip - «I would close America, lightly cleaned it, and then opened it again - for the second time» - he wrote on the way to America aboard the steamer. But in New York Mayakovsky came to life. The meeting with David Burliuk was very emotional. He liked the city very much, and he fell in love with lonely walks in Manhattan. Finally, he found a new love, Ellie Jones, who was from Volga Germans and gave birth to their daughter.
Hellyer 325; The Russian Avant-Garde Book 656.