PETRIZKY, Anatol (1895-1964). [B. Chmury] Anatol Petrizky, Theatre-Trachten. [Anatol Petrizky Teatralni Stroi] Iintroductory essay by V. Khmury (Chmury). [Soviet Union]: StaatsVerlag der Ukraine, 1929. One of 1500 unnumbered copies. Design and images by Anatol Petrizky, text by B. Chmury.
Text in Ukrainian and German. Folio, 347 x 261 mm. 26 pages of text, with 13 black and white textual illustrations and sketch-design head & tailpieces. Also 28 full-page mounted color lithographs, many with gold or silver metallic inks, and 27 mounted full-page black & white plates. All save the frontispiece are mounted front and back on heavy card stock, and all (except the last plate) have their glassine tissue guards. Each image is about 240x170mm and pasted on the thick grey card-stock leaves.
Scholar's/reader's copy, being an ex-library copy, with the library's name stamped at the bottom of each plate (in black). The spine has been replaced by black librarian's tape. Covers are very worn. A FAIR copy. $500 (which is a fraction of the price offered for the two other, better, copies found online (one at $3,000 and the other at $4200)).
"Illustrations date to Petrizky's Constructivist period, and include his acclaimed 1922 sketches for Goleisovsky's ballet Eccentric Dances (selected by Stephen Bury for Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant-Garde 1900-1937 exhibit in British Library, 2007-08). In the 1930s Petrizky was forced to move away from the avant-garde, choosing instead to seek inspiration in Ukrainian folk art. This assured him a long and successful career in Soviet arts: Peoples Artist of the Soviet Union, winner of State Prizes for his stage designs in 1949 and 1951)." --Mercer and Middlesex Auctions LLC
They seem to have a very distinctive Constructivist flavor to them, these designs, reminding me some of Malevish and Bakst and Exter.
Full-page image list:
1-3: Exzentrischer Tanz, staged by K. Goleisovsky (4 plate)
4: Präludium von Skrjabin by L. Lukin (1 plate)
5: Exzentrischer Tanz, staged by K. Goleisovsky (1 plate)
6-9: Nur und Anitra by M. Mordkin (4 plates)
10-19: Wij, Herr Chorunschij by H. Jura (9 plates)
19-25: Der Jahrmarkt von Ssorotschinzi (7 plates)
26-33: Der Korsar (8 plates)
34-41:Fürst Igor (8 plates)
42-47: Wilhelm Tell (6 plates)
48-52: Der rote Mohn (5 plates)
53-56: Turandott by Lui Laber (4 plates)
for a total of 57 images.
Good academic copy. $1350.00
The original caradboard-padded boards are present but fair at best; the original spine has been replaced by a workman's library cloth-tape. Each of the plates (save one) has been rubber stamped with a library name at the very bottom quarter-inch or so of the image: repeat, the stamp (in black) is directly on the image.