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About the Theatre. Rare anthology published in Tver.

About the Theatre. Rare anthology published in Tver.

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[About the Theatre]. O Teatre. 

Tver, Tverskoe izdatel'stvo, 1922.
8vo, [8], 151 pp.

In original pictorial wrappers.
In good condition, front cover partly sunned, owner note to front cover, dogears, small loss to lower spine extremity. 

Rare provincial edition. One of 1 500 copies published.

This rare anthology about theatre includes essays by notable figures: composer and critic Leonid Sabaneev (1881-1968), who left Russia in 1926; futurist poet Ivan Aksenov (1884-1935), founder of the Tsentrifuga group and author of the first book about Pablo Picasso's art in any language; Boris Arvatov (1896-1940), a key figure in the LEF movement; and Aleksei Gan (1885-1935), an art theorist whose book-manifesto 'Konstruktivizm' ('Constructivism') was published also in Tver in the same year.
The cover design was created by Mikhail Sokolov (1885-1947), a painter, graphic artist, and illustrator who participated in the Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) exhibitions. He lived in Tver in the early 1920s, where he also taught at the Tver State Art Workshops. From 1918 to 1922, he was deeply involved with avant-garde movements in painting, but in 1923, fearing arrest, he destroyed his earlier works. He was later arrested and sentenced to seven years in Siberian labor camps. Due to illness, Sokolov was only released in 1943. MoMA has another Tver edition of the book with Sokolov's covers titled '100 Poetov' ('One Hundred Poets', 1922; Rowell-Wye, #436).

Hellyer, #788; Russian Modernism, #612.

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