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Georgian Avant-Garde Theatre

Teatr im. Rustaveli. Georgian title: Rustavelis teatri [The Rustaveli Theatre].

Tbilisi: Gosizdat Gruzii, 1930. Octavo (19 × 13.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Irakli Gamrekeli; 79 pp. With photographs showing Gamrekeli's designs for the stage. Light overall wear to wrappers; front wrapper somewhat spotted; rust to staple; still about very good.

First and only edition of this Russian-language monograph on the golden era of the Georgian avant-garde theatre, the Rustaveli Theater under the leadership of Kote Marjanishvili (1872–1933). Marjanishvili was a follower of Konstantin Stanislavsky who worked widely in Russia before returning to his native Georgia, now newly brought under Soviet rule, in 1922 in order to lead the Rustaveli Theater. He had made a name for his lavish large-scale performances, such as the utopian “Toward a Worldwide Commune” but also his production of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” in 1917. He left the Rustaveli Theater in 1926, becoming active mainly in the province, before re-emerging with the newly-established Second State Georgian Theater, which was later named after him. The set design during the period of 1922-1926 was primarily by the Georgian avant-garde artist, Irakli Gamrekeli (1894-1943), who is considered the father of Georgian stage design. He also created the wrapper design for this edition. Illustrated with numerous photographs of his set designs.

One of 3000 copies printed. Not in Chepyzhov.

As of December 2020, KVK and OCLC show only two copies worldwide, of which one in North America (Harvard).

Book ID: 51148

Price: $950.00