Very Good. Item #10960
Chicago: Paul Theobald and Company, 1959. First Edition. Quarto (28x22x0.5cm); 103pp. B&W illustrations throughout.
Coated card wrappers, reproducing on both front and back a version of the tilted square from Malevich's celebrated "Suprematist Composition: White on White." It is barely detectable in our photos, and even less so on the copy itself. But it is suprematistically there.
Some slight yellowing and surface scuffing to the coating on both covers; textblock, of coated paper as well, shows the faintest signs of yellowing, otherwise unmarred and unmarked.
Malevich (1879-1935), painter and theoretician of aesthetics, was one of the founding progenitors of abstract modernism, providing in this short treatise its first theoretical foundation. This is the first English publication of his theoretical manifesto, originally written in Russian, and first published in German, in Berlin, in 1927. Ludwig Hilberseimer, who introduces the document, fled Germany as a targeted member of the Bauhaus, coming to the United States to work for Mies van der Rohe in Chicago in 1938; hence the deep Chicago connection that resulted in this edition.