MARINETTI, FILIPPO TOMMASO. 1876-1944.
Futurizm. [Futurism.] St. Petersburg: "Prometei," 1914.
8vo. 256 pp. Original red-lettered white wrappers. Wrappers rebacked and restored; internal foxing.
Provenance: Signora Naldi (presentation inscription on half-title).
INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION IN RUSSIAN with a letter in its envelope from Marinetti and a copy of the Italian avant-garde journal Il Futurismo (February 11, 1925) laid in the front. In the letter written on "Il Futurismo" stationary with Balla's "Il pugno di Boccioni" in red, Marinetti thanks the Georgian avant-garde painter David Kakabadze [1889-1952] for his "nice book." Italian Futurism and its founder Marinetti profoundly influenced the Russian Avant Garde before World War I and the Russian Revolution. He visited in St. Petersburg and Moscow in 1910 and 1913 and was warmly received by the Cubo-Futurists. However, Marinetti embraced Mussolini and Italian fascism and enlisted to fight on the Russian Front during World War II.