Kol’tso “A”: iumoristicheskie kino-rasskazy [Ring “A”: Humorous kino-sketches]. Nikulin, born Ol’kenitskii, ev Veniaminovich.

Kol’tso “A”: iumoristicheskie kino-rasskazy [Ring “A”: Humorous kino-sketches].

Moscow–Leningrad: Kino-izdatel’stvo RSFSR Kinopechat’, 1927. Octavo (17 × 13.5 cm). Original illustrated staple-stitched wrappers (unattributed); 35, [5] pp. Light soil to wrappers; wrapper corners lightly creased, still about very good.

First and only edition of satirical short stories or “kino-sketches” written by Lev Nikulin (1891–1967), a journalist, novelist, memoirist, and screenwriter. The kino-rasskazy (film-sketches) of the subtitle are typical of the 1920s Soviet fashion for the cinema and hybrid genres such as kino-gazeta (film-newspaper) and kino-zhurnal (film-journal) popularized by the avant-garde lmmaker Dziga Vertov, with the expectation that cinema would shortly overtake many other pre-cinematic genres. The sketches were published by the NEP-era publishing house Kinopechat’ (1925–1927), later known as Teakinopechat (1927–1929), which published both serious theoretical film literature by formalist theoreticians such as Boris Eikhenbaum and Viktor Shklovsky and film directors such as Vsevolod Pudovkin, as well as popular film materials, with most of its profits coming from the sales of fan posters and post cards of domestic and foreign film stars. By 1929, the sale of ‘bourgeois materials’ such as postcards caused a scandal at the publishing house and the publisher started printing literature on “kinofikatsiia derevni” (the spread of the cinema into the villages). The last few pages of this text contain Kinopechat’ publisher’s catalog which advertise texts by writers such as Ilya Erenburg and Isaak Babel among others. One of 10000 copies. Attractive anonymously designed wrappers with red lettering juxtaposed against a black-and-white plan of central Moscow. Rare; not in KVK, OCLC. Book ID: 50042

Price: $850.00