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Mayakovsky, Vladimir.
DLYA GOLOSA [FOR THE VOICE]. BERLIN: GOSIZDAT, 1923
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 3,600 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
54
Mayakovsky, Vladimir.
DLYA GOLOSA [FOR THE VOICE]. BERLIN: GOSIZDAT, 1923
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 3,600 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Mayakovsky, Vladimir.
DLYA GOLOSA [FOR THE VOICE]. BERLIN: GOSIZDAT, 1923
8vo (189 x 134mm.), [limited to between 2000-3000 copies], designed and illustrated by El Lissitzky, photomontage on title-page, printed in red and black, orange wrappers printed in red and black after a design by El Lissitzky, occasional slight internal finger soiling, foot of backstrip chipped and corners bumped  
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Literature

Hellyer 305; Ex-Libris 194; The Russian Avant-Garde Book 478-479; Compton (1992), pp.92-96

Catalogue Note

This hugely inventive work, which was intended to be read aloud (hence the title), contains thirteen of Mayakovsky's most quoted poems. Mayakovsky asked Lissitzky to design the book with the aim of facilitating the concept of reading aloud. Lissitzky used a German compositor who knew no Russian to set the text and the design was composed around the compositor's materials. "My pages stand in much the same relation to the poems as an accompanying piano to a violin. Just as the poet in his poem unites concept and sound, I have tried to create an equivalent unity using the poem and the typography" (cf. Lissitzky-Kuppers, nos 94-108). The use of two-colour printing and typographic ornament has been exploited to the full and with the use of the thumb-index have created one of the most recognisable of the Russian Avant-Garde books.

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