Zheleznaia pauza [Iron Pause].

Vladivostok, [I. Korst], 1919.

Large 8vo, pp. 64, apparently issued without a title-page; lightly browned, one corner repaired, one leaf with small paper-flaw, inner margin of a few leaves strengthened; resewn in the original printed wrappers, some minor discoloration, spine repaired.


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First edition, rare: Tretyakov’s first collection of poetry. The constructivist playwright, writer and special correspondent for Pravda, Sergei Tretyakov (1892-1939), began publishing in 1913. Soon after the publication of Zheleznaia pauza he became heavily involved in the Siberian futurist movement known as Tvorchestvo (Creation) along with artists such as Nikolai Aseev and David Burliuk. He was a key contributor to the constructivist journal LEF (1923-1925), and co-edited Novyi LEF (1927-1928). Tretyakov was arrested in 1937 and died in a prison camp two years later; he was posthumously rehabilitated in the 1960s.

MoMA 259; Tarasenkov p. 374. OCLC cites copies at Harvard, and New York Public Library.

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