V, 14 leaf volume of Russian political satire containing a brief introductory text followed by 13 poems by Bedny, each about a different Russian or Soviet military figure, and each accompanied by a small inset map related to their campaign and a harsh and sometimes gruesome caricature by the Kukryniksy collective, figures depicted include Lavr Kornilov, Pyotr Krasnov, Anton Denikin, Andrei Shkuro, Konstantin Mamontov, Alexander Kolchak, Boris Annenkov, Grigory Semyonov, Dmitri Horvath, Nikolai Yudenich, Yevgeny-Ludvig Miller, Nestor Makhno, and Pyotr Wrangel. Lg. 4to. Orig. graphic printed boards. Some pages loose, front cover with some minor losses and creasing. Moscow (Izogiz) 1937. "Kukryniksy" was a collective name formed by combining the names of the three caricaturists (Mikhail Kupriyanov, Porfiri Krylov, and Nikolai Sokolov) who met at Moscow art school in the early 1920's. By 1924 they had begun drawing caricatures and cartoons under the joint "Kukryniksy" name. They gained increased recognition in the 1930s for their drawings in Krokodil, a Moscow satirical newspaper, attacking Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, and Francisco Franco. Demyan Bedny (born Yefim Alekseevich Pridvorov) was a Soviet Ukranian poet, Bolshevik, and satirist. He was friends with Lenin, and was the only writer to be allocated rooms in the Kremlin. In 1930, however, two of his poems were censured, beginning a string of condemnations of his work. In 1938, he was stripped of his membership in the Communist Party and the Union of Soviet Writers, but slowly regained Stalin's favor throughout World War II. Very scarce; as of May 2016, WorldCat locates only one holding in North America. (Inventory #: 48466)
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