Geo Milev’s core almanac of Bulgarian Avantgarde
Geo Milev, ed.: Almanah vezni. Literaturen sbornik [Almanac Scales. Literary anthology]. With 1 publisher’s emblem , 5 full-paged illustrations, one of them in colour, and 18 illustrations. Stara Zagora and Sofia: Vezni (Pridvornata Pechatnitsa), 1923.
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Milev, Geo, ed.: Almanah vezni. Literaturen sbornik [Almanac Scales. Literary anthology]. With 1 publisher’s emblem , 5 full-paged illustrations, one of them in colour, and 18 illustrations. Stara Zagora and Sofia: Vezni (Pridvornata Pechatnitsa), 1923. 8vo. 104 [12, publisher’s advertisments] p. Original sewn publisher’s wrappers with dark red typografic title printing on brown stock.
Key publication of Bulgarian modernism in which it’s leader Geo Milev sought to summarise and sustain the progressive and international orientation of his magazine »Vezni« (Scale, 1919-22). The texts are penned by Richard Dehmel, Carl Einstein, Ilya Erenburg, Vladimir Mayakovsky and other representatives of European avant-garde, as well as by leading Bulgarian proponents such as Chavdar Mutafov, Lamar, Nikolay Raynov, Khristo Yasenov and Peyo Yavorov, who are also artistically portrayed, mainly with wood-cuts (e.g. by Geo Milev and Ivan Milev). Published in the year of the September communist uprising and the ensuing suppression to which Geo Milev and Yasenov were to fall prey in 1925, the almanac and its cover design of geometric abstraction clearly demonstrates the proximity of Milev’s circle to the constructivist aesthetics of the Russian revolutionary avant-garde artists like El Lissitzky.
The almanac features reproductions of works by Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Alfred Kubin, Oskar Kokoschka, Frans Masereel, Geo Milev, Ivan Milev, Henri Ramah, Sirak Skitnik and others. Outstanding are four tiny but highly expressive wood-cut vignettes by Mircho Kachoulev representing the four seasons and an abstract coloured lino-cut of Vassil Zahariev. – The appendix contains a listing of international magazines of the avant-garde from 16 countries, i.a. »Broom«, »Ça Ira«, »MA«, »Nova Sztuka«, »De Stijl«, »Der Sturm«, »Ultra«, »Veshch« and »Zenit«.
Former faults at top and bottom of spine, edges, corners professionally restored, cover with owners’s remark ink and partly slightly stained, inside well preserved copy of this important almanac, of outstanding rarity.
Nicht bei Ritter (Masereel); Jacono 14 (coloured ill.); Marinska, Geo Milev and the Arts 2015, p. 26 (coloured ill.)