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Vladimir Vladimirovic Majakovskij (1878 - 1930)

Lot 94: Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (1893-1930) and David Burliuk (1882-1967, illustrator) Vladimir Mayakovsky [Vladimir Mayakovsky]. 1914

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June 4, 2020
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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930) , BURLIUK, David (1882-1967) , illustrator. Vladimir Mayakovsky. Tragediia. [Vladimir Mayakovsky. A Tragedy]. Moscow: Gryzunov, 1914. First edition of this illustrated experimental play. A close collaboration between poets and painters, as typical of the Russian avant-garde, the play was published in the Futurists’ journal. With its satirical stance on urban life and a poet-protagonist, it was part of a futurist experiment, and was intended to alternate on the stage with Kruchonykh’s Victory over the Sun. After its first performance in 1913, the play was, in Mayakovsky’s words, ‘torn into pieces’ by critics. V. Terras, Handbook of Russian Literature, p. 277. Octavo (177 x 125mm) . With 7 lithographed illustrations (slight yellowing, the odd ink or thumb mark) . In the original wrappers, in modern folding box (very minor repair to joints and extremities) . Provenance: indistinct signature (upper wrapper) .

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