Berlin: Academia, 1923. Item #751
48 pp. 25x18 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Front flyleaf and half-title detached from the text block, minor tears of oversized covers and ink note on the inner side, otherwise very good condition.
First and only edition. Rare.
Cover design (vignette is duplicated to the title page) and four ornamental compositions were produced by Alexandr Arnshtam (1880-1969), the Russian graphic artist and the early professional cinema designer. In pre-revolutionary period Arnshtam was well-known as a creator of book and stage designs. In 1919 he was arrested and imprisoned, and soon after he was released, he emigrated to Berlin. There he continued to contribute to the 20th-century book design and turned to cinematography.
This is a collection of statements on the theatre as the separate kind of art, sophisticated and unique. Its author, poet Samuil Vermel’ was Meyerhold’s student who worked together with him but denied the Bolsheviks rule and emigrated. Occasionally the memoirs of collaboration with Meyerhold appeared; once Vermel’ wrote: “‘Balaganchik’ [The Puppet Show] by Blok under direction of Meyerhold, with stage design by Sapunov at Komissarzhevskaya Theatre - it was the start of everything”.
Worldcat shows 3 copies located in University of North Carolina, University of California and Yale University.