Kovkazi. A. Kruchyonykh.
Kovkazi
Kovkazi
Kovkazi

Kovkazi

Tiflis: 41 degrees, 1918. Item #614

[22] pp. 15x11 cm. Hectograph edition. Print-run is unknown, usually under 30 copies in similar cases. Abstract illustration on the wrapper by Kirill Zdanevich, as well as 3 full-page illustrations. Some soiling through the book.

Sukhoparov in his 1992 paper ‘Alexei Kruchyonykh. Sudba Budetlianina’ gives the list of hectographic editions of 1918-1921 and ‘Kovkazi’ is mentioned in it as ‘presumably produced’ because at that time no copies of this book were known. Today Vladimir Mayakovsky Museum in Moscow has the most representative collection of these editions, mostly because the collections of Liberman and Khardzhiev were donated to its funds (see ‘The Books by Kruchyonykh of the Caucasian period from the V.V. Mayakovsky State Museum’. Moscow, 2002) Both these collections had ‘Kovkazi’ in them and they are identical to each other, but different from our copy which has illustrations. Illustration on p.[8] is similar to the illustration on the cover of Terentiev’s ‘Grandiozar’, which was published in 1919. Only in our ‘Kovkazi’ the illustration signed in Georgian letters ‘KZ’, not in Latin like on ‘Grandiozar’. Even the brief overview of the differences in copies of the hectographic books under the same title, done by Gerald Janecek in ‘Kruchyonykh contra Guttenberg’ indicates that the variants are so plentiful that it’s hard to see the pattern, which possibly was the purpose of the creator.

All the evidence suggests that this is one unknown hectographic edition from Kruchyonykh’s ‘Autograph Books’ series.

Price: $35,000.00

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