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Armenian Avant-Garde

Rrushani k'arap'y: epopea [The cliff of Rushan: an epopee].

Erevan: Pethrat, 1930. Octavo (19 × 13 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 92 pp. Tiny nick to base of spine; a few pencil annotations; still a very good copy.

First edition of this long poem by Nairi Zarian (pseudonym of Hayastan Yeghiazarian, 1900-1969), which praises the socialist spirit of the residents of an Armenian village. Born in the Ottoman Empire, in Van Province, he survived the Armenian Genocide as the only member of his family and moved to Armenia in 1915. Russian title to rear wrapper: "Rushanskaia skala." With an attractive wrapper design by Ararat Gharibyan (Արարատ Ղարիբյան, 1903-1952), a graduate of the Leningrad Art Academy and constant participant in Soviet exhibitions from the late 1920s onward. In 1936, his works were exhibited in a separate exhibition in Moscow. The National Gallery of Armenia holds the original design for this cover. As of February 2020, KVK and OCLC show no copies.

Book ID: 50591

Price: $550.00