Khevronskoe vino [The Wine of Hebron: poems]. Matvei Roizman, designer Georgii A. Echeistov.

Khevronskoe vino [The Wine of Hebron: poems].

1923. Moscow: Vserossiiskii soiuz poetov, 1923. Octavo (19 × 12.9 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers by Georgii Echeistov; 46, [2] pp. Faint spotting to front wrapper; a very good copy.

A striking Jewish-themed drawn wrapper design by Georgii A. Echeistov (1897-1946), who worked and studied under figures such as Vasilii Masiutin and V. Faliev, before working with Vladimir Favorsky at VKhUTEIN from the mid-1920s. In spite of his futurist and constructivist beginnings, he is now known primarily for developing Favorsky's style of woodcut illustrations. Roizman (1896-1973) was a poet and translator from Moscow, who was close to the Imaginists (which included Sergei Esenin, Anatolii Mariengof, and others), and ran the publishing house which issued the present volume, his solo debut. He previously issued two joint collections with Mariengof. "Weaving Biblical and Talmudic motifs into a fabric of metaphorically colorful and exuberantly rhymed modernist verse, poems in The Wine of Hebron amounted to one of the strongest manifestations of Jewish-Russian poetry... [the collection] was quite unique for its fusion of the avant-garde poetics with Judaic motifs" ... As a Jewish participant of the Russian Imaginist movement writing and publishing in the Soviet 1920s, Royzman deserves more attention by students of Jewish culture" (Maxim D. Shrayer, An Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature, Routledge, 2007, pp. 299-300). Printed in Kaluga, in a print run of only 1000 copies. Very scarce in the trade. Getty 679. Book ID: P6556

Price: $725.00

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