A complete run in three issues of the short-lived satirical Russian avant-garde literary journal, under the editorial direction of Ukranian writers Leonid Nedolia and Mark Gai, containing poetry and prose by a number of noted writers related to contemporary politics and social issues in Russia. Profusely illustrated throughout with lithographic images, caricatures, and interesting photomontages. Some toning to issue 3, overall very good. Large 4to. Orig. pictorial printed wrpps., issues 1 and 2 with restorations along spines, issue 3 with some soiling around staples. Moscow (Mospoligraf) 1923.
Krysodav serves as a unique collaboration between or joining of the figures from three important Soviet art movements from the time: the LEF (Left Front of the Arts) avant-garde group, the group behind the satirical publication "Krokodil", and the organization "41 Degrees" from the Republic of Georgia. The range of literary and artistic contributions includes a poem from Vladimir Mayakovsky for the front cover of the first issue; a poem titled "Krysodav" from constructivist writer Sergei Tretyakov; a collage by Sergei Makletsov showing a Red Army soldier cutting people with giant scissors to illustrate a Trotskyist view; a photomontage by Igor Terentiev depicting the fight against contraband; and anti-Nazi caricatures by Kirill Zdanevich. Additional contributors include Nikolai Aseev, Osip Brik, Aleksei Kruchenykh, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Dmitry Moor, Boris Zemenkov, and Boris Yefimov. Extremely scarce; as of March 2018, WorldCat locates no holdings of the original issues in North America. Book ID: 48670