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BURLIUK, David; EKSTER, Alexandra; LIVSHITS, Benedikt.

Vol'che solntse. Kniga stikhov vtoraia [Wolves' Sun: Second Book of Verse].

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Kherson-Moscow, Futuristy 'Gilea', 1914

The first edition of this collection of Futurist poetry, with plates by Burliuk and two Russian avant-garde female artists. One of 480 copies only. Livshits had made his literary debut a year earlier with Marsova fleita [The Flute of Marsias] which was well received by critics but destroyed by the censor.

Livshits' poetry is succeeded by Chetyre zhenshchiny [Four women], a series of four plates by 'the father of Russian Futurism', David Burliuk (1882-1967). These four dynamic and fresh 'neo-primitivist' drawings are printed in blue tone and prefaced by the artist 'Ben [Livshits], I dedicate the drawings to you; don't be angry about the misprint'. The small volume ends with a catalogue of early Russian futurists' publications, in 1908-14 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Inscribed by Burliuk to Lev Grinkrug, a Russian Jewish literary and film editor and a close friend of Vladimir Maiakovskii and Lilia and Osip Briks. Together with

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First edition, 12mo (18 x 11.5 cm); 64pp., presentation inscription in pencil to title-page, introduction leaf with illustration in black and white after Ekster, colour plate after Maria Vasil'eva and four plates in blue after Burliuk under the title 'Four Women'; publisher's printed wrappers, rubbed and slightly stained, spine chipped at extremities, upper cover splitting; fresh internally.


MoMA 67.

Stock ID:108401

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