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Velimir Chlebnikov (1885 - 1922)

Lot 84: Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922) Riav! Perchatki, 1908-1914. 1914

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June 4, 2020
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KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir (1885-1922) . Riav! Perchatki, 1908-1914. [Roar! The Gauntlets, 1908-1914]. [Petrograd: EUY, 1914].

The scarce first edition, in the original publisher’s wrappers – the author’s first book of verse. V. Khlebnikov was a member of the literary group Gileia and one of the major exponents of Russian Futurism. His experimental ‘trans-rational’ language (zaum’) featured neologisms inspired by the roots of the Russian language. Riav! was his first poetic collection to appear in print. Published with the help of the Futurist poet Aleksey Kruchenykh, it features illustrations by K. Malevich and D. Burliuk, often described as ‘the Father of Russian Futurism’. RBH records only one other copy having been offered at auction.

Quarto (253 x 175mm) . With black-and-white illustrations (uniform sight age browning) . In the original wrappers, in modern folding box (edges a bit soiled, with minor repair) .

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