BILIBIN, Ivan.

Cказка об иване-царевиче, Жар-птице и о сером волке. [The Tale of Tsarevich Ivan, The Fire-Bird and Grey Wolf].

£1,500

Cказка об иване-царевиче, Жар-птице и о сером волке. [The Tale of Tsarevich Ivan, The Fire-Bird and Grey Wolf].

Skt. Peterburg Exped. Zagotovl. Gos. Bumag. 1901

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Description

An exceptionally fine example of this beautiful fairytale with additional english translation

Tales illustrated by Bilibin are among the most famous children’s books both within and outside of Russia. One of the nation’s most influential illustrators, Bilibin first came to prominence when some of these folkloric illustrations were shown as part of an exhibition by the Mir Iskusstva.

This copy also includes a later English translation insert of the tale, printed and sold by Russian Peasant Industries of Old Bond Street. The shop became a popular focal point of Mayfair at the beginning of the 20th Century, in part thanks to the huge success of Diaghilev’s Russian Ballet seasons in London.

Description

Folio (32.5 x 25.5 cm). 12 pp., 8 chromolithographs in the text (3 full-page). Original pictorial wrappers. Manuscript synopsis of Stravinsky’s The Firebird and English translation inserted at the rear. Small inscription to cover. A fine example.

Bibliography

Cotsen 9298

 

Stock ID: 98101