Hylaea, Futuristy: Pervyi zhurnal russkikh futuristov No. 1-2 (Futurists: First Journal of Russian Futurists No. 1-2), D. Burliuk, Moscow, 1914 (Compton p. 126)


David Burliuk (1882-1967), Vladimir Burliuk (1886-1917) and Alexandra Exter (1884-1949)

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Zincographs printed in colours and letterpress and offset designs, 1914, on cream and buff wove paper, title page, 157 pages of text with illustrations and two zincographs in colours by Vladimir Burliuk, the colours strong and fresh, the full sheets as published, with some pencil annotations, generally in very good condition, in buff wove paper cover with title and rubber stamping in purple printed on front, some short nicks at the edges, the spine and a small portion of the back cover repaired, other minor defects. The colour zincographs drawn by Vladimir Burliuk for the book are amongst the most impressive of all colour prints executed for futurist publications. Futuristy No. 1-2 is also remarkable for the number of futurist poets and writers who participated in its production: Burliuk, the great organiser, united the talents of Kamenskii (the editor), Maiakovskii, Ekster, Livshits, Kulbin, Kruchenykh, Matiushin, Severianin, Tretiakov and several others. Indeed the book went some way to realising his dream of unifying all great Russian futurists under the banner of Hylaea. The end product of this marriage of futurist minds is a cocktail of some of the very best, innovative poetry. The book also includes a fascinating essay entitled A Pillory of Russian Criticism which consists of an anthology of abusive statements directed at the futurists by the journalists and critics of the day. Amongst other things they accuse futurists of being charlatans, madmen, untalented hacks, literary hooligans and swindlers.