GOGOL Nikolay ; Alexandre Alexeieff (illustrator).


Diary of a Madman.

London, Cresset Press, 1929

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One of only 30 de-luxe copies on handmade paper. With an extra suite.
Gogol’s Diary of a Madman was originally written in 1835 and is one of his most celebrated short stories. His only work to be written in the first person and in diary format, it follows the fall of protagonist, a civil servant named Propischin into insanity.

Alexandre Alexieff (1901-1982) was a Russian artist who is most well known for his talents as an animator, having invented the pinscreen method with his collaborator (and later wife) Claire Parker. He emigrated to France after the revolution in 1917 with a recommendation to Sergei Sudeikin in hand, he joined the circle of notable Russian artists living and working in the city. After studying painting, he designed costumes and sets for the Ballets Russes and quickly gained notoriety through his book illustrations.


Limited de-luxe edition, one of 30 copies on handmade paper, from a total edition of 280; 4to (27.5 x 22 cm); 21 illustrations by Alexandre Alexeieff, 11 of which are hors-texte, with an extra suite of plates, uncut, translated by Prince Mirsky; contemporary red half morocco and vellum, spine in 6 parts with raised bands,gilt detail and letting . Text in English.



Stock ID: 98968