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Books:Russian Literature:Avant Garde From ZH BOOKS


Chernyi Iar

By Gumilevskii, Lev

Moscow/Leningrad: Molodaia Gvardiia, 1926. First edition; 6 x 8 1/2; pp. [2], 5-190, [2] including text to last page; original pictorial wraps; minor age-toning along margins of covers; few cuts and wrinkles to edges and corners; very faint penciled-in number to upper corner of front cover; most pages still unopened; illustrated; very good to near fine. 1 of 5000 copies. Beautiful Avant Garde cover art and illustrations by Russian Constructivist artist A. Suvorov. Prolific author and editor Lev Gumilevskii's young adult story of a small village on the banks of the Volga river, the struggles to cope with the aftermath of the Revolution, and the bravery of the small boy Egorka in his battle for justice with the all-powerful Village Council.


Gans iz Doliny Igrushek

By Morlei, Margaret

Moscow: Posrednik, 1930. Second edition; 5 3/4 x 9; pp. [2], 5-101, [3] including text to last page; original pictorial wraps; age-toning to margins of covers; some loss of paper to spine (pages and covers securely attached); thin closed vertical cut to tail of spine; illustrated with engravings and from paintings; previous owner's signature to title page; overall good to very good. 1 of 5000 copies. Incredibly bright and vibrant cover art by one of Russia's topmost Constructivism artists - Nikolai Troshin. He was artist-in-chief of 'USSR in Construction' Magazine and together with his wife Olga Deineko - also famous Avant Garde artist - they designed numerous posters, and children's and photography books. A beautiful edition of Margaret Morley's "Donkey John of the Toy Valley." Not in OCLC. Children's books of the period were typically printed in very large numbers, thus an edition of 5000 was extremely uncommon. Furthermore, the books were voraciously read and precious few have survived in good condition.


Ledianye Nochi

By Rozenfel'd, Mikh.

Moscow: Molodaia Gvardiia, 1934. Second edition; 5 x 7; pp. [5], 6-172, [4]; original illustrated limp cloth covers; numerous illustrations from photographs; very minor wear and age-toning - practically near fine condition. Outstanding Avant Garde cover art by distinguished graphic artist Efim Pernikov. "Icy Nights" is Russian journalist Mikhail Rozenfeld's personal account of the Arctic rescue expedition of the icebreaker Malygin by EPRON (Special Operations Underwater Rescue Party).