AVANT-GARDE, SIGNED COPY: Ватромети и бајка о Актеону [Vatrometi i bajka o Akteonu]
An uncommon Serbian book with poems by Todor Manojlović with the cover design by an Avant-Garde artist Mihailo S. Petrov, a member of Group Oblik. Signed by the author.
Author: Todor MANOJLOVIĆ (1883-1968), Author; Mihailo S. PETROV (1902 – 1983), Cover design.
Place and Year: Belgrade, Serbia: Francusko-Srpska Knjižara A. M. Popović 1928.
Technique: 4°, 56 pp., , original tan wrappers with illustrated cover (Slightly age-toned, paper as usually fragile with tiny chips in the edges of first and last pages, wrappers with repaired small loss of paper in margins, repaired long tear in the back cover,
Todor Manojlović was a famous Serbian dramaturge, writer, poet and professor at the Academy of Belgrade. This book of poems were published in the French-Serbian publishing house in Belgrade.
The cover was designed by a Serbian Avant-Garde artist Mihailo S. Petrov (1902-1983) one of Zenir's most active collaborators during its first phase of 1921. He was also working with other avant-garde magazines like Dada Tank and Ut. From 1926 to 1929 he was a member of the Group Oblik. He was the founder of the Graphic Department at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade.
The book was signed by Manojlović and dedicated to the actor and drama editor Ivo Raić Lonjski (1881-1931).
We could only trace five examples in institutions worldwide.