Zaumnyi iazyk u: Seifullinoi, Vs. Ivanova, Leonova, Babelia, I. Sel’vinskogo, A. Veselogo, i dr. [Transrational language in Seifullina, Vs. Ivanov, Leonov, Babel, I. Selvinsky, A. Vesyoly and others].

Moscow, Publishing house of the All-Russian Union of Poets, 1925.

12mo, pp. 59, [5, bibliography of works by Kruchenykh and advertisements]; a very good copy in the original wrappers, printed in red and black with a woodcut design by Valentina Kulagina-Klutsis, some edge wear, a little dusty; cloth box.


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First edition, a critical study of six poets by ‘the most effective theoretician of cubo-futurism and its most loyal and consistent advocate of transrational language … or the destruction of meaning in poetry … For Kruchonykh, transrational language also reflected the confusion and chaos of modern life’ (Terras). Included at the end is his ‘Declaration No. 5. On transrational language in contemporary literature’.

Getty 392; Hellyer 260; MoMA 599; Compton, Russian Avant-Garde Books 1917-34, p. 80 + illustration.

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