Small 48 pp. booklet compiling essays in honor of Aleksei Kruchenykh, from contributors including Boris Pasternak, Sergei Tret'iakov, David Burliuk, Tat'iana Tolstaia, and Sergei Rafalovich. Three linocut illustrations by Gustav Klutsis. Light and even toning, some minor edge wear. 8vo. Original illustrated wrpps. with covers designed by Klutsis, some small tears and small chips, light soiling, manuscript shelf label affixed to top left corner of front cover. Moscow (Vserossiiskii soiuz poetov) 1925. The Russian Avant-Garde Book, 595.
Kruchenykh was an influential Futurist poet responsible for creating zaum, together with Velimir Khlebnikov, defined as linguistic experiments in sound symbolism and language creation. The illustrations within the booklet and on the front cover are by Gustav Klutsis, an important Latvian photographer and major member of the Constructivist avant-garde movement. Klutsis was best known for the Soviet revolutionary and Stalinist propaganda he produced in collaboration with his wife, Valentina Kulagina. Book ID: 48990