Rare hand-coloured example of Kuzmin’s only children’s book, no 46 of 125 hand-coloured copies, out of a total edition of 1,000. Contains a device in water-colour by Turova not in the regular edition. Kuzmin was one of Russia’s leading Symbolist poets and a pioneer in modern homoerotic literature. One of the two poems was dedicated to Lili Brik (“L. Iu. B.” or “love”), Vladimir Mayakovsky’s mistress. “Segodnya” (Today) was the world’s first avant-garde children’s book publisher, formed by a brief artist’s collective of the same name who met in Vera Ermolaeva’s apartment until she was appointed rector of the Art Academy in Vitebsk.
Small 8vo (20.5 x 15.3 cm), 4 pp., publisher’s wrappers with hand-coloured linocut by Ekaterina Turova and printer’s device designed by Vera Ermolaeva; back wrapper partially detached at spine but holding, light soiling and slightly tanned.
MoMA 258; Borovkov p 151, Rozanov №3130, Lesman №1218, Rats №65.
Stock ID: 87841