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KRYLOV, Ivan Andreevich; ZHABA, Al'fons Konstantinovich (illustrator).

Basni Krylova. [Krylov's Fables].

Stock Code
104015
St Petersburg, A. F. Devrien, 1911
£1,500

An excellent example of this profusely illustrated edition of Krylov's fables by the Georgian artist Alphonse Zhaba, a student of Franz Roubaud.

Ivan Krylov (1769-1844) is Russia's best known fabulist. While many of his earlier fables were loosely based on Aesop's and La Fontaine's, later fables were original work, often satirising the incompetent bureaucracy that stifled social progress at the time.

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Description

First edition; large 4to (31.5 x 23 cm); 48 chromolithographs (including one frontispiece) and 105 in text illustrations after A. Zhaba, red edges, white moiré endpapers, slight staining to margins; original pictorial cloth binding with gilt detail, dog design to lower cover, spine with gilt title and peacock and spider design, upper cover a little faded and minor staining to spine, edges bumped, overall a very good copy.

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19/08/2021

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