MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir Vladimirovich (1893-1930). Sobranie sochinenii. [Collected Works]. Moscow: Gosizdat, 1927-33.
This is ‘the first nearly complete collection’, which ‘has special interest as an edition the poet himself had a hand in preparing’ (Brown). It also includes occasional literary commentary and a short poetic autobiography. After an adventurous life as ‘a regular scandal-maker’ (as he defined himself), Mayakovsky committed suicide in 1930. Although he had supported the Revolution, by the end of his life his Futurist and experimental works and performances, which had once made him one of Russia’s most famous poets, were no longer acceptable to the Soviet authorities. Not in Kilgour . E.J. Brown, Mayakovsky , p. 371. 10 volumes, octavo (190 x 130mm). 1, 7: with the author’s photographic portrait, 2: with the final advertisement, 7: with the poet’s obituary (minimal spotting, occasional slight age yellowing, 1: couple of light stains, 4: few spots to fore-edge, 6-7, 10: minor toning, 8: slight browning, 9: tiny hole to outer blank margin of one leaf). In the original publisher’s boards, 2, 4-6, 9-10: with the original dust-jacket, each vol. in modern slip case, all in modern set case (varying degrees of repair to some extremities and joints of boards and dust-jackets, a little rubbed). Provenance: 1-2: stamp M19-17 with inked annotation (rear) – 3: 20th-century signature of M. Tarkov (ffep), occasional annotations in red ink – 9: small indistinct inscription.