For a few short years in the second decade of the twentieth century, a group of artists in Russia created a new art form: books meant to be read, looked at, and listened to. Artists had long made books as art, but these were different—handmade, hand-sized, serial, interactive. Combining sound poetry with lithography and rubber stamping, the books were collaborative in their making and in their relationship with the reader.
Russian Futurist books are small, some no larger than postcards. Their paper and design are deliberately coarse; each page of the book differs slightly in size and is bound with ordinary staples. The books incorporate found papers, such as wallpaper and imitation gold foil, and feature collages and childlike stamping. Titles exist in small editions of 50 to over 200, and often involve subtle variations from book to book. Read More via Getty.