20th century: Avant-Garde

CHAGALL, Marc (artist) and Der NISTER [pseud. for Pinchus KAHANOVICH].

A Mayse mit a Hon; Dos Tsigele [A Story About a Rooster [and] The Little Kid].
£22,500

The birth of a rich book-illustrating career: Chagall's first book, showing 9 full-page illustrations, and the only children's book to be illustrated by the great modern artist.

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20th century: Avant-Garde

ILYAZD [pseud. for Ilya ZDANEVICH].

Lidantiu faram [Le Dentu the Beacon].
£20,000

SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THIS 'MASTERPIECE OF THE RUSSIAN POETIC AVANT-GARDE' (Johnson 25) INSCRIBED BY ILIAZD TO ANDRE SALMON, a talented man of letters, poet and leading art critic.

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20th century: Avant-Garde

KRUCHENYKH, Aleksei.

Zaumnyi iazyk u: Seifullinoi Vs Ivanova Leonova Babelia I Selvinskogo A Veselogo i dr. Kniga 127-ia. [The Transrational Language of: Seifullina, Vs. Ivanov, Leonov, Babel, I. Selvinskii, A. Veselyi, and others. Book 127.]
£500

The first edition; with covers designed by Kulagina-Klutsis. This collection of essays on experimental language by one of its most prominent practitioners closes with an exhaustive bibliography of Kruchenykh's works to date.

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20th century: Avant-Garde

ALTMAN, Natan.

Lenin. Risunki Natana Altmana [Lenin. Sketches by Natan Altman].
£1,250

In 1920, Altman was invited to the Kremlin to create a bronze portrait of Vladimir Lenin. To complete this task, he spent about six weeks with the Bolsheviks' leader… The best sketches in preparation of the bronze bust eventually formed this booklet.

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20th century: Avant-Garde

ESENIN, Sergei, with Boris PASTERNAK, Andrei BELII et al.

Iav'. Stikhi [Reality. Poems].
£9,500

Exceptional association copy of this scandalous book of imagist poems, extensively inscribed by three co-authors – including Esenin - to a fourth one, Alexander Olenin (1865-1944).

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20th century: Avant-Garde

VATAGIN, Vasilii Alekseevich .

Azbuka v kartinkakh [ABC in Pictures].
£2,250

Charming early Soviet ABC, in excellent condition and very rare: we could find a copy in the Russian State Library (Moscow) but in no other library. Not traced in WorldCat.

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20th century: Avant-Garde

LISSITZKY, El [Eliezer Lazar Markovich] (artist) and Peter Ben Zion RASKIN.

Der Ber [The Bear] from the "Kinder-Garten" Series of Children's Books. Yiddish text by Uncle Ben Zion Raskin (1880-1930).
£5,350

A scarce children's book by a major figure of the Russian and Jewish avant-garde: an early Kiev production of the important Kultur Lige, illustrated on every page by Lissitzky.

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