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Die Blume Anna.

Die neue Anna Blume eine Gedichtsammlung aus den Jahren 1918-1922.

Published: Berlin: Der Sturm, 1922

Stock code: 112413

Price: £475

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First complete edition of this key work of Dadaism. “‘To Anna Blume’ was first published in the Berlin periodical Der Sturm in August 1919, following the exhibition of Schwitters’s work that had launched Merz [Schwitters’s personal form of Dada], at the Der Sturm gallery that July. The poem found itself enormously popular, leading to its inclusion in Anna Blume: Poetry, which was released in two editions (each of 5,000 copies, according to the title pages) later that year and catapulted Schwitters into notoriety. In 1920 ‘To Anna Blume’ was printed as a poster and plastered on the streets of Hannover. The poem was eventually translated into many languages and prompted a variety of responses. In 1922 Steegeman released a third compilation with a generic all-text cover, also titled Anna Blume: Poetry, including ‘To Anna Blume’ and other writings. Two more collections of Schwitters’s poetry and prose, with the name ‘Anna Blume’ in their titles, were issued the same year, both with cover designs by Schwitters: Die Blume Anna. Die neue Anna Blume eine Gedichtsammlung aus den Jahren 1918-1922, with a constructivist cover, published by Der Sturm, and Memoiren Anna Blumes in Bleie, published by Walter Heinrich, Freiburg. The Anna Blume phenomena further alienated Schwitters from some of the key figures in Berlin Dada, who had recently rejected his request to join Club Dada” (Umland, Sudhalter & Gerson, Dada in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA 2008, p. 281). Reasonably well represented institutionally but commercially uncommon: Copac locates copies at six British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Senate House, Glasgow, Cambridge, V&A, Leeds); well represented on OCLC.

Octavo, pp. 32. Original pale green printed wrappers. Cover design by Schwitters. Light peripheral toning, small pale stain on back cover, a few smaller dark marks on front cover but an excellent copy.

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