MAYAKOVSKY, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH, AND NICKOLAI NIKOLAEVICH ASEEV.
Seriya poetov. [Poets Series.] Moscow: VKhUTEMAS, 1922.
3 volumes, comprising: Mayakovsky's Liubliu (I Love You); Aseev's Stalnoi solovei (Steel Nightingale); and Myakovsky's Mayakovskii izdevaetsya (Mayakovsky Jeers). Various sizes. Original two-color Constructivist wrappers probably designed by a member of VKhUTEMAS. Discolored with some wear.
FIRST EDITIONS. Series of poetry chapbooks issued by MAF (Moskovskaya assotsiatsiya futuristov), in association with VKhUTEMAS, the art school. Having fallen in love with his friend's wife, Lili Brik, Mayakovsky wrote and dedicated Lyublyu to her. It may be his greatest love poem next to Pro eto (About This) of 1923, also addressed to Lili Brik. Aseev, however, demanded in "Stalnoi solovei" that poetry be stripped of romantic notions and be dedicated to industry and political activism. Lenin was never a fan of Mayakovsky's poetry but grudgingly complimented "Prozasedavishiesya" (Lost in Conference) in his "first satirical booklet," Mayakovsky izdevaetsya. MoMA 426.