by Lissitzky, El, & Vladimir Maiakovskii (Mayakovsky)
1923. Lissitzky. 61 pp. collection of 13 poems by Maiakovskii arranged in a volume designed entirely by Lissitzky, which includes 23 typographic constructions in the text or on plates, indexed tabs bearing the name of each poem and a small graphic emblem, as well as a Constructivist-style decorative motif on the wrpps, very light soiling and rubbing here and there, two small ink stamps to inside and outside of back cover, pen notation to copyright page. 8vo. Orig. dec wrpps., a bit soiled and rubbed. Berlin (Lutze & Vogt) 1923. Hailed as Lissitzky's preeminent example of "book construction," the present work is a significant milestone of Constructivist publication. The title, literally "For the Voice", reflects Maiakovskii's desire to produce a volume of poetry suitable for reading aloud, and Lissitzky's spare graphics and dynamic book design was inspired by this wish. In his essay "Typographical Facts" Lissitzky later commented, "To make it easier for the reader to find any particular poem, I used an alphabetical index. The book is created with the resources of the compositor's type case alone... Just as a poet in his poem unites concept and sound, I have tried to create an accompanying unity using the poem and the typography." Overall a good copy of a rare and important work. (Inventory #: 35273)
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