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Sobachiy Iashchik: Trudy Tvorcheskogo Biuro Nichevokov. (Dog's Box: Creative Works by the Nothingness Bureau)

Zemenkov, Boris. Sadikov, Sergei (Ed.)

Moscow. Khobo. 1922
An excellent copy of the subversive literary outpourings of the Bureau of Creative Nothingness.

From the edition limited to 300 copies.

Edited by Sergei Sadikov, 'Dog's Box' includes manifestoes, statements and declarative fictions - all parodic - by the Bureau of Creative Nothingness. Participants included Boris Zemenkov, K. Ovechin, Elena Nikolaeva, Aestii Ranov, Riurik Rok and Oleg Erberg. A first edition limited to 500 copies with identical content albeit a different cover was issued in the same year; this second edition has 1923 printed on the cover although the title gives the year as 1922.

Copies of 'Dog's Box' are scarce and we can trace only the copies at the Getty and the University of California (both of the first edition) together with that at MoMA (the second edition as here).

[Rowell & Wye 450].
[8 leaves; pp. 14, (ii)]. 8vo. (244 x 160 mm). Leaf with title recto and limitation verso (although this remains from the first edition!), half-title and six leaves with printed text in Cyrillic recto and verso, final leaf verso with typographic construction, advertisements to inner wrappers. Stapled as issued in original publisher's printed wrappers, titles and monochrome illustration by Boris Zemenkov to front cover, publisher's imprint and publication to rear.

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