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Beobi [Gordin, V.L.]. Grammatika yazyka chelovechestva AO, perevod s AO [i.e. Grammar of the Language of the Mankind. Translated from AO]. Moscow: Chelovechestvo [i.e. Mankind], 1920. [2], 20 pp. 16x13 cm. In contemporary wrappers. Tears and soiling of the wrappers. Otherwise very good. 5.000,00 EUR
In 1915 Velimir Khlebnikov founded `Soyuz 317` (i.e. The Unity of 317 or The Society of the Chairmen of the Globe), and soon it was joined by the members of artistic avant-garde elite like Prokofiev or Rabindranath Tagore. Khlebnikov`s proclamations of that time transmitted ideas of universal brotherhood and the unity of people of culture who are destined to rule the universe. This brochure was created by Gordin brothers who were influenced by Khelbnikov`s ideas (hence the pseudonym of the author of the text - Beobi which was taken from Khlebnikov`s poem). The Gordin brothers took futuristic ideas on the new anarchic level. Brothers Aba (1887-1964) and Volf Gordin were theoreticians of anarchism, followers of Kropotkin and Bakunin. Aba was the founder of a new movement - individualist anarchism (or universalist anarchism). They`ve created their own organization and called themselves "panarchists". In 1917-1920 they published several brochures on panarchism. In 1920 Volf created language of international communication and named it AO. On the first page of this grammar book it`s stated: "There is no god, no nature. Talk like humans, use `AO`". In the brochure they give alphabet, pronunciation rules, parts of speech, abbreviations etc. There were only eleven sounds in the language, five vowels and six consonants. In writing sounds were depicted by numbers. Gordin stressed that his language is universal, and universality excludes any existing alphabets. In 1924 writing of the language was reformed, and AO-2 was presented at the First International exhibition of interplanetary machines and mechanisms in 1927 as the language of cosmic communication. This brochure isn`t recorded anywhere. Possibly one of the few copies produced.
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Kirsanov, S.I. Slovo predostavlyaetsya Kirsanovu [i.e. The Word Belongs to Kirsanov]. Moscow: GIZ, 1930. [84] pp. 20,5?9 cm. Original wrappers with letterpress lettering and photomontage illustrations. A very good copy. Some restoration of the covers. 1.900,00 EUR
One of 3000 copies. - An exceptional example of innovative constructivist typographic design by Telingater that intended to enhance the work of the leftist poet Semyon Kirsanov. - Solomon Telingater (1903-1969) was a Russian graphic artist, designer and typeface designer. Telingater wrote influential books on typography and designed some of the most memorable books of the Soviet period. He was the first Soviet citizen to receive the Gutenberg award for his achievements in designing books and typefaces. - The pioneer in printing arts was El Lissitzky who saw the book as a visual object, but the widespread acceptance of these ideas did not occur until the turn of the 1920s and `30s as a result of the efforts of his young followers. First among them was Telingater. He designed books as if they were films, or a monumental poster - as sophisticated artistic construction. This kind of book was produced for its collective impact, not merely for the joy of the individual reader. His work is akin to the art of declamation: letters react to slightest fluctuations of poetic intonation instantly changing the size and color. His vision also affected what literary genres he chose to work with, and Kirsanov`s poetic work provided appropriate material to match Telingater`s extraordinary visual imagination. The front wrapper suggests a combination of agit-prop and Dadaist elements via collage techniques. For one particular poem, the type is laid out in the shape of a man. All elements of the book, including the text itself, are connected as one visual art object which makes a very strong impression on its readers.
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Tolstoy, L.N. Voyennyie rasskazy [i.e. The War Stories]. St. Petersburg: Tipografiya glavnogo chtaba e.i.v. po voenno-uchebnym zavedeniyam, 1856. [4], 382, 1 pp. 19,5x13 cm. Contemporary quarter leather. Raised bands, the title, author`s name and previous owner`s initials gilt on the spine. 29.700,00 EUR
The first book by the author. Rare. - According to N. Smirnov-Sokolskii it took him `quite a while` to find this book for his collection. The collection of stories were written by Tolstoy when he was serving in Sevastopol during Crimean War. The short story Sebastopol in December of 1854 quickly became popular among the readers in Russia and even Emperor Nicolas I asked to "take care of the talented officer". That was the beginning of recognition on national level for 28-year-old author. Tolstoy`s impressions during this war later were used in `War and Peace`. The roots of the pacifist and anti-patriotic ideas that he formulated later in his life also lie in this book. - The last copy that was sold at auction went for 34850 GBP (Christie`s, Nov 21, 2012). - Smirnov-Sokolskii. 1190; not in Kilgour.
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Tsiolkovsky, K.E. Zashchita aeronata [i.e. The Defence of the Aeronat]. Kaluga: Izdaniye avtora; E.T. Archangelskaya, 1911. 12 pp.: ill., photos. Original illustrated wrappers. Fine. 2.700,00 EUR
Very rare pre-Revolutionary brochure in mint condition. - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935) is a man whose ideas made the space exploration possible. In the 1910s he has already proven that it`s not impossible to send some kind of operated apparatus into space, also he calculated the speed and conditions of such travel. His ideas were too ahead of their time and he met a little support. He was producing different projects of aerostats, aeronats and dirigibles trying to find the one that would fit his calculations. He had to publish the project using his own money in his native town of Kaluga and send brochures out to scientific societies and individual scientists. This brochure is one of the early projects of Tsiolkovsky. - In this brochure Tsiolkovsky defended his ideas. He gave concrete examples of how his works didn`t meet public`s approval but 2-3 years later different physicists were proving him right. He continued to promote his version of aeronat made of metal. In this book he provided specific technical and engineering characteristics of his space vehicle.
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Turgenev, I.S. Otsy i deti [i.e. Fathers and Sons]. Moscow: tip. V. Grachiova, 1862. 304 pp. 8vo. In contemporary half-leather with gilt lettering on the spine. Spine is refurbished, few marks in text. Otherwise near fine. 8.500,00 EUR
First separate edition of `Fathers and Sons` by Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883). - `Fathers and Sons` considered to be the most famous of Turgenev`s novels. It first appeared in 1862 in Russkii vestnik (i.e. The Russian Herald). After this publication Turgenev prepared the novel for the separate edition by editing the text: he added dedication to his mentor and liberal critic Belinsky (1811-1848) which served as an important message to friends and enemies and pointed to democratic nature of the novel. He also removed some of Bazarov`s unpleasant features (some call him first Bolshevik in Russian literature). In his letter to Gertsen he wrote: "...while inventing Bazarov I wasn`t angry with him, but felt attraction... I don`t feel guilty because of him... it was tough to make him a wolf and yet to defend him...". - The novel examined the conflict between the older generation, reluctant to accept reforms, and the nihilistic youth. Turgenev wrote that he got the idea for this book on the beach at Ventnor, England, in August, 1860, but that Bazarov was really based on a person he knew, a "Dr. D." He finished writing it on his Russian estate in July of 1861, and published it in March, 1862, in The Russian Herald, a magazine that had become conservative. Before this book, liberal Russian critics had praised his realistic depictions of the serfs. But they considered his depiction of Bazarov here to be an attack on liberalism, and reactionary Russian conservatives praised the author. Turgenev, however, stated that he tried to obey aesthetic truth rather than write political propaganda. - Fathers and Sons was set during the six-year period of social ferment, from Russia`s defeat in the Crimean War to the Emancipation of the Serfs. Hostile reaction to Fathers and Sons prompted Turgenev`s decision to leave Russia. Turgenev lived mostly in France and the West, following opera singer Mme Viardot, her husband and children. Turgenev`s works were translated into French but it was not until about 1894 that Constance Garnett first translated them into English. Turgenev`s style had a great effect on those writers who followed the banners of naturalism or realism. He was praised by Flaubert and Henry James and William Dean Howells.
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