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Vladimir Vladimirovic Majakovskij (1878 - 1930)

Lot 25: MAYAKOVSKY, VLADIMIR. 1893-1930. Russian Books and Photographs


December 10, 2014
New York, NY, US

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ZDANEVICH, KIRILL. 1892-1970, illustrator. Chto ni stranitsa to slon to lvitsa[On Every Page Is an Elephant or a Lioness]. Tiflis:Zakkniga, [1928]. 4to.12 pp.Original color lithographed wrappers.Soiled and other wear, wrappers restored. Rare and only children's book illustrated by the great Russian avant-garde artist K. Zdanevich.Unlike his more famous brother Ilya, Kirill remained in Russia after the Revolution.During Lenin's New Economic Policy, Mayakovsky wrote a number of exceptional children's books.Especially enjoyable is the word play in Chto ni stranitsa to slon to lvitsa.Mayakovsky introduces a "pelikan-velikan" [a giant pelican] and a "lama-mama" [mamma lama] as well as many other amusing animals on a trip to the zoo.Zdanevich depicts the famous Poet of the Russian Revolution on the second page of text.MoMA, Cotsen Collection Princeton. MoMA, The Russian Avant-Garde Book, p 173.

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