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FYIMasterworks of 20th Century
Russian Literature and Illustration
NEW YORK AUCTION 21 MAY 2008
Bloomsbury Auctions presents an extremely rare and highly desirable
collection of rare books and works on paper representing
Russian cultural life
Bloomsbury Auctions New York is delighted to bring to the market an
extraordinary collection of early 20th Century Russian Literature, autographs,
photographs and associated illustration art from 1900 through to 1950, beginning
with pieces from the 'Silver Age' through the Revolutionary and post
Revolutionary periods through to the Stalin era. This wide ranging collection shows
how the word in the novel and in poetry alongside the art of the illustrator
became one of the few ways of expressing oneself in an ever more tightly
controlled society. It is an unprecedented collection of rare and desirable
association material from the major Russian authors and artists of this tumultuous
period of history. Please click here to view the Masterworks of 20th Century
Russian Literature and Illustration _catalogue_
One of the sale highlights is a presentation copy of Anton Chekhov’s very
first book. Also noteworthy are inscribed works by Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky,
Anna Akhmatova, Aleksandr Blok, Konstantin Balmont, Andrei Belyi, Ivan Bunin,
Ilya Erenberg, Kornei Chukovsky, Anatolyi Lunacharsky, Vsevolod Meyerhold,
Evegenii Zamyatin and other prominent literary figures. There are copies of
the first and second edition of the very first Russian “coming out” novel
Krylya (Wings, 1906) by Mikhail Kuzmin and other books by this modern gay icon.
Especially unusual is the typed book of poetry by the OBERIU poet Nikolai
Zabolotsky, complete with a collage cover.
The Russian émigré community too is well represented in Masterworks of 20th
Century Russian Literature and Illustration. There is a good selection of
early novels in Russian written by Vladimir Nabokov under the pseudonym “Sirin”
as well as a hand-written contract for an unpublished libretto signed by “
Vladimir Vladimirovich Sirin (Nabokov)” in 1924. Although the phrase Russian
erotica may sound like an oxymoron, it too may be found in this sale.
There are copies of Somov’s naughty rare pseudo eighteenth-century pastiche Le
livre de la marquise (1918) as well as the two last works of erotica to be
published during the Soviet regime. Also for sale is a beautiful copy of the
notorious hand-colored lithographs Idylle printanière (1933) by the celebrated
children’s book illustrator Fedor Rojankovsky.
Besides many fine illustrated books, there are original drawings and
watercolors by such esteemed artists as Altman, Annenkov, Bilibin, Burliuk,
Chekhonin, Goncharova, Grigoriev, Larionov, Narbut, Puni, Roerich, Soudeikin and
Kiril Zdanevich. The autograph material includes examples by Sasha Chorny,
Aleksei Remizov, Benedikt Livshits and a letter by Leon Trotsky in German. There
are also rare periodicals and photographs, including a rare signed
photograph of Akhmatova. This unprecedented collection reflects the great variety of
intellectual, literary, and artistic developments in Russian culture during
the early 20th century. For a fuller introduction to the sale by Michael
Patrick Hearn, curator, please _click here_
Viewings will be held on Thursday, May 15th until Tuesday, May 20th from
9:00 am until 5:30 pm and on Wednesday, May 21st from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.
The auction will begin on Wednesday, May 21st at precisely 2:00 pm. Visit
(http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BloomsburyAuctions/67895b82db/472edd8fff/d70ea3c468) to view the catalogue, auction calendar
and sale results.
Bloomsbury Auctions is the world's leading auction house for rare books and
works on paper and is headquartered in London with salerooms in New York and
_VIEW THE AUCTION CATALOGUE_
Lot 4. Anna Akhmatova.
Autographed photograph of the poet taken by Mossei Nappelbaum and inscribed
to Yakov Petrovich Grebenschikov. c.1921.
This is an especially fine photograph of Anna Akhmatova, a legendary figure
in modern Russian poetry and a symbol of artistic integrity.
Lot 40. Anton Chekhov.
Skazki Melpomeny. Shest Razckazov [Tales of Melpomene. Six Short Stories].
Moscow: privately printed by the author, 1884.
A remarkable presentation copy of the first book by the modern literary
master, Anton Chekhov.
Lot 156. Ivan Bilibin.
Fairy Forest at Sunset. c.1906. Watercolor, gouache.
The greatest illustrator of Russian skazki, or fairy tales, Ivan Bilibin
was also a distinguished painter, stage designer and art teacher of the Silver
Est. $20,000 - 30,000
Est. $30,000 - 40,000
Est. $20,000 - 30,000
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