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Georgian Avant-Garde

Tebervali [February].

Tbilisi: Sakhelgami, 1928. Octavo (18 × 12.8 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Irakli Gamrekeli; 56 pp. Very good.

First and only edition of this book by Nikolo Mitsishvili (1894-1937), a member of the Kutaisi Blue Horn group who was among numerous Georgian poets executed during the Great Terror of the 1930s. Unlike some of the others, "only a fraction of his work is available even today." It was Mitsishvili who attracted the attention of Mandelstam, through whose translations his poetry and that of his co-authors of the Blue Horn group reached a Russian audience. "His poetry and prose show a surprisingly delicate and unspectacular sensitivity" and he wrote "some of the finest of Georgian documentary prose of the time" (Rayfield, The Literature of Georgia, p. 241-242).

With an appealing wrapper design by the Georgian avant-garde artist and father of Georgian stage design, Irakli Gamrekeli (1894-1943). One of 1000 copies printed.

Striking black design by the Georgian avant-garde artist and father of Georgian stage design, Irakli Gamrekeli (1894-1943),

Not in Chepyzhov.

As of June 2020, not in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 50859

Price: $450.00