Russia: Important Books and Manuscripts

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Date of the auction: 27.11.2019

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KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir (1885-1922). Uchitel' i uchenik: Razgovor . [Teacher...

KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir (1885-1922). Uchitel' i uchenik: Razgovor . [Teacher and student: Cconversation]. Kherson: Khodushin [for the author], 1912. First edition of Khlebnikov’s first book, produced by the author at his own expenses in May 1912, in a tiny run of 200 copies. The title page bears an

Lot #: 121

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir (1885-1922). Riav! Perchatki, 1908-1914. [Roar! The...

KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir (1885-1922). Riav! Perchatki, 1908-1914. [Roar! The Gauntlets, 1908-1914]. [Petrograd: EUY, 1914]. The scarce first edition, in the original publisher’s wrappers – the author’s first book of verse. V. Khlebnikov was a member of the literary group Gileia and one of the major

Lot #: 122

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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KRUCHENYKH, Aleksei and KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir, authors, LARIONOV, Mikhail...

KRUCHENYKH, Aleksei and KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir, authors, LARIONOV, Mikhail, ROZANOVA, Ol’ga and KUL’BIN, Nikolai, illustrators. Starinnaia liubov’. Bukh Lesinyi . [Old-Time Love. Forestly Rapid.] Moscow: V. Rikhter, 1912. First edition – in the original wrappers – of this rare experimental work

Lot #: 123

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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KRUCHENYKH, Aleksey (1886-1968) and KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir (1885-1922), and...

KRUCHENYKH, Aleksey (1886-1968) and KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir (1885-1922), and GONCHAROVA, Natalia (1881-1962; illustrator). Mirskontsa . [Worldbackwards.] Moscow: [G.L. Kuzmin and S.D. Dolinskyi, 1912]. The first edition of this major Russian avant-garde work, with the original cover decoupage by

Lot #: 124

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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KRUCHENYKH, Aleksey (1886-1968), KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir (1885-1822), authors...

KRUCHENYKH, Aleksey (1886-1968), KHLEBNIKOV, Velimir (1885-1822), authors, and GONCHAROVA, Natalia (1881-1962), illustrator. Igra v adu. Poema. [A Game in Hell. Poem]. Superbly illustrated first edition – in the original wrappers. Printed in 300 copies, this is one of the best Russian avant-garde

Lot #: 125

Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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KRUCHENYKH, Aleksey Eliseevich (1886-1968). Poshchechina obshchestvennomu...

KRUCHENYKH, Aleksey Eliseevich (1886-1968). Poshchechina obshchestvennomu Vkusu. [Slap in the Face of Public Taste]. Moscow: G.L. Kuz’min, 1912. The manifesto of Russian Futurism – in the original publisher’s burlap wrappers. In 1912, D. Burliuk, V. Kandinsky, A. Kruchonykh, V. Mayakovsky and V

Lot #: 126

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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LENIN, Nikolai, pseud. (i.e. Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov.). Razvitie kapitalizma...

LENIN, Nikolai, pseud. (i.e. Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov.). Razvitie kapitalizma v Rossii [The Development of Capitalism in Russia]. St Petersburg: A. Leifert, 1899. First edition of Lenin's only specifically economic work, ‘the only comprehensive economic history of a country from a Marxist perspective

Lot #: 127

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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LENIN, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (1870-1924). O voine 1914-1918 [The war...

LENIN, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (1870-1924). O voine 1914-1918 [The war 1914-19180]. Moscow: Krasnaia Nov, 1924. First edition of this compilation of Lenin’s essays on the First World War, edited by N.N. Popov. Lenin saw the deepest of connection between the Great War and the Revolution. He

Lot #: 128

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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LENIN, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (1870-1924). Fevralskaya Revoliutsiya 1917...

LENIN, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (1870-1924). Fevralskaya Revoliutsiya 1917 . [The February Revolution 1917]. Kharkov: Proletarii, 1924. Very rare first edition of this collection of essays which had appeared as journal articles before, an essential anthology published in Kharkov the year of Lenin’s

Lot #: 129

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MANDEL'SHTAM, Osip Emil'evich (1891-1938). Kamen'. Stikhi. [The Stone...

MANDEL'SHTAM, Osip Emil'evich (1891-1938). Kamen'. Stikhi. [The Stone. Poems]. St Petersburg: Akme [printed at the author's expense by Iu. Mansfeld], 1913. An important association copy of the first edition of the first book by Russia's greatest 20th-century poet. Having been part of Mandel’shtam’s

Lot #: 130

Estimate: £70,000 - £100,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938). Kamen’. Stikhi. [The Stone...

MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938). Kamen’. Stikhi. [The Stone. Poems]. Petrograd: Giperborei, 1916. The second, enlarged edition – in the original wrappers. Published in late 1915, but with an incorrect imprint date on the title, it is nearly three times as long as the first, adding 43 poems

Lot #: 131

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938). Tristia. St Petersburg and...

MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938). Tristia. St Petersburg and Berlin: Petropolis, 1922. First edition of the author’s second collection of poetry . These important poems, written after the publication of the second, enlarged edition of Kamen in 1916, address the great war and the Revolution

Lot #: 132

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938). Vtoraia kniga. [Second Book...

MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938). Vtoraia kniga. [Second Book]. Moscow-St Petersburg: KRUG, 1923 [November 1922]. Important first revised edition – the author’s preferred version of his second collection of poetry. Mandelsh’tam was disappointed with the Berlin edition of his second book

Lot #: 133

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938). Kamen’. Pervaia kniga stikhov...

MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938). Kamen’. Pervaia kniga stikhov. [The Stone. First book of verse]. Moscow: Gosizdat, 1923. In the original wrappers – the third, enlarged edition of the author’s first book of verse. Kamen’ was first published in 1913. In the same year, Mandel'shtam also

Lot #: 134

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938), DOBUZHINSKY, Mstislav...

MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938), DOBUZHINSKY, Mstislav (1875-1957). Primus. Detskie stikhotvoreniia. [Primus. Children’s verse]. Leningrad: Vremia, 1925. First edition of this rare avant-garde children’s book. Primus is one of the four handsomely illustrated children’s books of verse

Lot #: 135

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938), Vladimir Konstantinovich...

MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938), Vladimir Konstantinovich (1895-1969; illustrator). Kukhnia . [The Kitchen.] Moscow and St Petersburg: Raduga, 1926. First edition of one of the rarest Russian avant-garde books – a remarkable survival of children’s literature. Kukhnia is the best of four

Lot #: 136

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MANDEL'SHTAM, Osip Emil’evich (1891-1938). O poezii. Sbornik statei [On...

MANDEL'SHTAM, Osip Emil’evich (1891-1938). O poezii. Sbornik statei [On poetry. A collection of essays]. Leningrad: Academia, 1928. First edition of Mandel'shtam's last book , distilling his aesthetics in a series of essays on poetry and art. The author ‘regarded the period during which he wrote

Lot #: 137

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Ia! [I!]. Moscow: G.L...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Ia! [I!]. Moscow: G.L. Kuz’min and S.D. Dolinskii, 1913. First edition of the author’s first illustrated book of poems. This work was imbued with the ideals of Russian futurists, with whom the poet had been collaborating, both in literary and graphic

Lot #: 138

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930), BURLIUK, David (1882-1967...

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

Lot #: 139

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Oblako v shtanakh...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Oblako v shtanakh. Tetraptikh . [The Cloud in Trousers. A Tetraptich]. St Petersburg: Gramotnost Press [for Osip Brik], [1915]. First edition. The poem was originally titled ‘The Thirteenth Apostle’, but changed at the request of the censor. The text

Lot #: 140

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1897-1930). Fleita pozvonochnik. [The...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1897-1930). Fleita pozvonochnik. [The Backbone Flute.] St Petersburg: Vzial [by Osip Brik], 1916. First edition of a major early work by Mayakovsky. A blasphemous, sexually-charged (and heavily censored) poem dedicated to Lilia Brik, the object of Mayakovsky's

Lot #: 141

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Prostoe kak mychanie...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Prostoe kak mychanie. [Simple like Mooing]. Petrograd: Parus, 1916. The first edition of Mayakovsky’s second collection – from the library of Mikhail Larionov. Highly praised by B. Pasternak, the collection included the famous poem A Cloud in Trousers

Lot #: 142

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1897-1930) . Geroi i zhertvy...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1897-1930) . Geroi i zhertvy revolyutsii: Oktyabr' 1917-1918. [Heroes and victims of the revolution: October 1917-1918]. Moscow: Department of Fine Arts of the Commissariat of Public Education, 1918. First edition of a series of iconic images by artists

Lot #: 143

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Misteriya-buff...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Misteriya-buff. Geroicheskoe epicheskoe i satiricheskoe izobrazhenie nashei epokhi [Mystery-bouffe. A heroical, epical, and satirical portrayal of our times]. St Petersburg: Svoboda, 1918. First edition, limited to 5000 copies, of a play which proved

Lot #: 144

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Oblako v shtanakh...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Oblako v shtanakh. Tetraptikh . [The Cloud in Trousers. A Tetraptich]. Moscow: ASIS [1918]. Autographed copy of the second (first uncensored) edition. It restores the original text, which had been substantially censored for the first edition of 1915

Lot #: 145

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Oblako v shtanakh...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Oblako v shtanakh. Tetraptikh . [The Cloud in Trousers. A Tetraptich]. Moscow: ASIS [1918]. Second (first uncensored) edition, the issue without the printed label pasted on the front cover, stating that the edition is uncensored; copies with and

Lot #: 146

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1897-1930). Radno . [Radio...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1897-1930). Radno . [Radio]. [Sevastopol]: Taran, [1922?]. First edition of texts in verse and prose by V. Bayan, B. Poplavsky, M. Kalmykova with a striking black-and-white pictorial cover and a full-page engraved portrait of V. Bayan by Mayakovsky. Lesman 1904

Lot #: 147

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930), LISSITSKY, El (1890-1941...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930), LISSITSKY, El (1890-1941). Dlia golosa. [For the Voice]. Berlin: Gosizdat, 1923. With the author’s autograph – a conceptual book designed by an artist. This collection of thirteen among Mayakovsky’s best and most renowned poems was Lissitsky’s

Lot #: 148

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Von samogon! [There is...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Von samogon! [There is moonshine!]. Ekaterinburg: Uralkniga, 1923. Rare edition printed in Ekaterinburg, with wrappers illustrated by A. Paramonov, published in the same year as the more common Moscow edition. Octavo (177 x 130mm). Original printed

Lot #: 149

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1897-1930). Pesni rabochim. [Songs for...

MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1897-1930). Pesni rabochim. [Songs for the Worker.] Moscow: Doloi Negramotnost, 1925. Rare first edition . RBH and ABPC record only two copies having been offered at auction. MoMA, The Russian Avant-Garde Book, 572-3. 16mo (175 x 129mm). Illustrations throughout

Lot #: 150

Estimate: £700 - £1,000

Date: 27 Nov 2019