Georgian Avant-Garde - George Grosz

Grdemli: ork'vireuli suratebiani zhurnali [The anvil: a bi-monthly illustrated journal], no. 7 (of seven published). With an illustrated essay on George Grosz.

Tbilisi, 1923. Quarto (29.5 × 22.7 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Kirill Zdanevich, a lithograph printed in black and red; 32 pp. Numerous illustrations throughout. About very good; tiny hole to upper right edge; rust to staples.

Final issue of this rare and important Georgian avant-garde journal of literature and the visual arts, edited by Pavle (Pavel) Sakvarelidze (1885-1937). Among the contributors were such important Georgian writers as Simon Chikovani, Alio Mashashvili, Iona Vakeli, Petre Samsonidze, Shalva Karmeli, and Sakvarelidze himself. It also occasionally featured translations of foreign writers, such as Emile Verhaeren and Heinrich Heine. The first five issues are generally considerered unimportant from the point of view of design, but vols. six and seven both featured striking wrapper designs by Irakli Gamrekeli and Kirill Zdanevich (the latter being the designer of the present, final issue of the series). The journal also featured many caricatures throughout, by artists such as Gamrekeli, Zdanevich, Oskar Shmerling (1863-1938), and foreign artists including George Grosz. The editor, Pavle Sakvarelidze, late became a victim of the Stalinist repressions of the late 1930s. This issue includes an article by the photographer Frank Leonard and a longer illustrated article on Lado Gudiashvili. An article on Grosz with three caricatures is presumably the earliest introduction to the German caricaturist to a Georgian readership. One of 3000 copies. Chepyzhov 19. Also pictured in: Georgian Script & Typography: History, Modern Life (Tbilisi, 2016), p. 56. As of February 2020, KVK and OCLC only show the copy at Yale.

Book ID: 50529

Price: $3,500.00