MAYAKOVSKY, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH. 1893-1930.
Fleita pozvonochnik. [The Backbone Flute.] Petrograd: "Vzyal," 1916.
4to. 16 pp. Original white wrappers. Wrappers professionally restored.
FIRST EDITION. One of 600 copies. Mayakovsky dedicated this book to Lili Brik, the wife of his friend Osip Brik (who published this book), and his lover to whom addressed many of his best known love poetry. This sexually charged poem had to be censored so heavy black lines replace the offensive parts. A later unhappy love affair with another woman contributed to his suicide in 1930. "Fleita pozvonochnik" is considered to be one of his most important poems. Getty 507, Helyer 307, MoMA 132-33, NYPL 188.