MARINETTI, Filippo Tommaso. Zang Tumb Tumb.

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MARINETTI, Filippo Tommaso. Zang Tumb Tumb. Milan: Edizioni Futuriste di "Poesia" 1914.

8vo. Original printed wrappers, preserved in custom-made plum cloth slipcase; pp. 223 + [3, ads], 1 folding plate, photographic portrait frontispiece by Emilio Sommariva; spine a little darkened and creased, light soiling to wrapper, very good. Provenance: presentation copy exuberantly inscribed by Marinetti to fly leaf, with his signature bursting through the word "Passatismo" ("Tradition").
First edition, first issue with "18 miglaio" to rear. Marinetti's sound and concrete poem is a central text of Futurism, an avant-garde account of the Battle of Adrianople during the First Balkan War that is now seen as a seminal work of Modernist art. In Marinetti's furious rejection of the conventions of the livre d'artiste , with his experimental use of typography to express noise speed and sound, he invented an entirely new kind of artist's book that embodied the Futurists' insistence on action and iconoclasm.