Moscow: Russkoe teatral’noe obshchestvo, 1924. Item #375
132,  pp.: ill., 3 pl. 31x15 cm. Original illustrated wrappers designed by Boris Titov. Very good. Spine is fully preserved. Bleak foxing of the front wrapper.
First and only edition.
The classical publication on the history of the theatre looks more up-to-date because of Titov’s constructivist allegorical frontispiece showing Maly Theatre and Kremlin wall.
Maly Theatre always has been the bastion of classical theatrical tradition. In 1920s the Blue Blouse was on trend like proletarian theatre and avant-garde experiments of Meyerhold and Tairov. Maly stayed with the tradition, though it was criticized heavily. Some critics even were calling to shut it down, but narkom (minister) of culture Anatoly Lunacharsky did not allow that. In 1930s Maly gained its repentance back and became one of the best recognized theatres of the Union. After a lot of experimental and avant-garde theatres were closed, some of the leading actors found its salvation in joining the troupe of Maly.