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Oblako v shtanakh. Tetraptikh. (A Cloud in Trousers: A Tetraptich.) by  Vladimir MAYAKOVSKY - First Edition - 1918 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 130878)

Oblako v shtanakh. Tetraptikh. (A Cloud in Trousers: A Tetraptich.)

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Oblako v shtanakh. Tetraptikh. (A Cloud in Trousers: A Tetraptich.)

by MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir

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1918. Octavo. Original yellow wrappers, titles to front and rear, edition label to front wrapper as issued. Housed in a black flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery. Chipping to spine backing, light creasing and nicks at wrapper extremities, front wrapper expertly reattached, splits to rear joint ends. A very good copy. First edition with the unexpurgated original text, the second overall following a substantially censored first edition in 1915. Before the 1917 revolution Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) had been a "regular scandal-maker" (his own words) of the Futurist school, but by 1918 his revolutionary voice found endorsement in this uncensored edition of his key poem and first major work. The poem was composed in a fit of frustrated love for artist Maria Denisova, imploding into a rage at the world. His introduction touts the text as a "catechism for contemporary art", and restores his titles for each of the previously unnamed quadrants of the work: "Down with your love", "Down with your art", "Down with your system", and "Down with your religion." The 1915 censored version appears in a bare handful of auction records, but this 1918 version appears to be even rarer, with no other copy recorded at auction. The edition is also rare institutionally, with WorldCat listing only six locations worldwide.


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About Peter Harrington

Since its establishment, Peter Harrington has specialised in sourcing, selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. Peter Harrington first began selling rare books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road. For the past twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter's son.


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