Dlia Golosa (For the Voice)
8vo, within original printed wrappers. Edition: 2,000-3,000. Typography and Constructivist illustrations printed in red and black by Lissitzky. Title-page photomontage also by the artist. "Lissitzky's collaboration with Mayakovsky in 1923 produced one of the most remarkable books ever published. Lissitzky designed, or 'constructed' this edition of Mayakovsky's thirteen often-quoted poems which, as the title indicates, were meant to be read aloud." (Barron/Tuchman) "The excitement and pace of the poems are matched by the typographic illustrations, which fully exploit the possibilities of two-colour printing and typography. Each poem is given a symbolic typographic identity, and the relevant image is used on the thumb index - a neat and witty guide to the contents." (Hogben/Watson) "My pages stand in much the same relation to the poems as an accompanying piano to a violin. Just as the poet in his poem unites concept and sound, I have tried to create an equivalent unity using the poem and the typography" (quote by Lissitzky, from Lissitzky-Kuppers, nos. 94-108) Inscribed by Mayakovsky to Sergei Tret'iakov, a noted Russian avant-garde author, playwright and key contributor to LEF (an important journal of the period which Mayakovsky edited): "To dear old LEF. S. Tret'iakov. Mayakovsky." This presentation copy is in very good condition.
Rowell/Wye 478, 479, illus. pp. 194-195; Spencer pp. 68-69; Nisbet 1923/3; Hogben/Watson 68; Barron/Tuchman p. 107