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Georgian Avant-Garde

Evropa [Europe].

Tbilisi: Samkhedro stamba, 1924. Octavo (22.5 × 11.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 56 pp. Drawn cover design by Iraklii Gamrekeli. Good or better; wrappers somewhat worn; with fraying to spine extremities; old bookstore stamp to rear wrapper; internally very good.

First and only edition. A rare collaboration between two big names in the Georgian art and theater world, the poet, translator and playwright Iona Vakeli (1900-1988) and the avant-garde artist and stage designer Irakli Gamrekeli (1894-1943). This book was published a year after a more extensive collaboration between the two, Vakeli's "Sharavandedi" (1923), prior to which he had only published a few poems in a variety of Georgian periodicals. Vakeli went on to publish more original poetry as well as translations of Pushkin, Lermontov and Goethe into Georgian. Today he is best remembered for his plays, especially his 1934 play “Aprakune Chimchimeli” and the 1935 “Shamil”.

With a drawn wrapper design by Gamrekeli.

Not in Chepyzhov (New Georgian Book Design, 1920s-1930s).

As of February 2021, not in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 51078

Price: $2,500.00