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Group of nine works published by the Artel "Segodnia" futurist publishing collective
Petrograd: "Segodnia," [1918-1919]. Octavos (ca. 20.3 × 15 cm). Original staple-stitched linocut-printed wrappers; [4] pp. (not including wrappers). Linocut-printed publisher's device to rear wrappers. All with numerous vignettes and larger, sometimes full-page, illustrations throughout the text. Overall very good; a few volumes with light spotting or light wear to spine. The futurist publishing collective Artel "Segodnia" (Artist Collective "Today"; 1918-1919) printed children's books, poetry, and lubki by left-leaning artists. The avant-garde artist Vera Ermolaeva founded and operated the collective out of her apartment at 4 Baskov Lane in Petrograd in the early days of the Russian Civil War. A contemporary reviewer wrote: ".the destruction of print culture gave birth to a new form of "kustarny" (hand-crafted) art publication. A collective of writers and artists has formed in St. Petersburg. They write, and make linocuts, typeset and print everything themselves. One can find solace in the fact that the current crisis forces us to return to the currently cheaper method of old-fashioned handmade craftsmanship" ("Tvorchestvo," no. 4, Kharkov, 1919). Inspired in equal parts by futurist experiments in bookmaking and wartime paper and ink shortages, this artist collective was less an aesthetic grouping and more an "art production unit" with "work aimed at the consumer." Its goal was to reinvigorate children's book publishing and to make new books affordable. Printed on rough paper, their hand-crafted linoleum print books with images that communicated an "unaccustomed sense of d … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernett Penka Rare Books [Boston, MA, U.S.A.]
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