Prozrachnye Teni I Obrazy. [Transparent Shadows and Forms.]. Nathalia Goncharova, Mikhail Tsetlin, Amari.
Prozrachnye Teni I Obrazy. [Transparent Shadows and Forms.]
Prozrachnye Teni I Obrazy. [Transparent Shadows and Forms.]
Prozrachnye Teni I Obrazy. [Transparent Shadows and Forms.]
Prozrachnye Teni I Obrazy. [Transparent Shadows and Forms.]
Prozrachnye Teni I Obrazy. [Transparent Shadows and Forms.]
Mikhail Larionov’s Copy

Prozrachnye Teni I Obrazy. [Transparent Shadows and Forms.]

Paris and Moscow: Zorna (Union; J. Povolotzki & Cie), 1920. Cover, title-page, initials, headings, endpieces and the 2 full page woodcut illustrations by Natalia Goncharova, each printed in red and black. First edition. One of 150 copies, printed on Vieux Chine paper (this an unnumbered, out-of-series copy) of a total edition of 1150. In publisher’s decorated wrappers. 69, (7) p. Mikhail Larionov’s collection stamp on front cover. Foxing to wrappers and on some pages, effects mostly only the edges. Untrimmed. Overall in very good condition.

First edition of Mikhail Tsetlin’s poems, with Natalia Goncharova’s woodcut illustrations. This copy belonged to Goncharova’s lifetime companion, Mikhail Larionov.

Goncharova’s red and black abstract illustrations (the small cover illustration, two full page plates and 25 smaller illustrations including decorated initials) reflect to her move away form the Russian Futurism while living in Western Europe, where she and Larionov moved in 1915, first to Switzerland and to France in 1918.

Mikhail Osipovich Tsetlin was a Russian émigré author who moved to Paris in 1918 and later in 1940 to the United States. He was also a philanthropist and the founder of the literary magazines Okno (Paris, 1923) and Novy Zhurnal (New York, 1942).

[Ref.: Compton, S. P.: Russian Avant-Garde Books, 1917–34. London: British Library, 1992. pp. 14 and 16; Hellyer, P. W.: A Catalogue of Russian Avant-Garde Books 1912–1934. London: The British Library, 1994. 517.; Getty, Russian Modernism 789. Not in MoMA.]

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Price: €8,000.00