[In Russian]: Pismo. [Letter.]. Iliazd, Ilia Zdanevich.
[In Russian]: Pismo. [Letter.]
[In Russian]: Pismo. [Letter.]
Scarce Variant of Iliazd’s Pismo

[In Russian]: Pismo. [Letter.]

[Paris]: Sorok Pervyj Gradus [Latitud cuarenta y uno / Le degré quarante et un]. First edition in this format. Signed, numbered and dated by the author in pencil. Limited edition up to 60 copies. One of the 30 copies on French rag paper. Text in Russian. In publisher’s cream, rough, laid paper, over hard paper wrappers. Quires loose as published. (8 [blank]), 28, (4), (8 [blank]) p. Binding chipped at the head of the spine. Light water stains at the head and tail of the spine visible on the panels. Partly unopened. Untrimmed. The paper slightly yellowed due to aging. Otherwise in fine condition.

A scarce variant of Iliazd’s Pismo/Escrito, one of thirty copies.

Besides the well-known edition of Pismo/Escrito illustrated by Picasso, Iliazd published the sheer text of this poetic love letter in the same year, in a limited edition of sixty copies, printed at the Imprimerie Union by Dimitri Snégaroff and Volf Chalit.

“Born Ilia Zdanevitch in Tiflis, Georgia, Iliazd (1894–1975) was a founding member of the Russian Futurists. Like many of his contemporaries, the artist eventually made his way to Paris where he designed and published extraordinary livres d’artistes, including several with his own prose and poetry under the imprint Le Degré 41 (41 degrees refers to the latitude of his hometown, the alcoholic content of brandy, and the Celsius measure of the point at which fever leads to delirium).” (Princeton)

Scarce, we could not trace any copies in institutional holdings.

Bibl.: Picasso and Iliazd. Retrieved from https://graphicarts.princeton.edu/2016/05/09/picasso-and-iliazd/

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Price: €5,500.00

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