КУПРИН, Александр и Иван МОЗОЛЕВСКИЙ (иллюстратор). [KUPRIN, Aleksandr Ivanovich and Ivan Mazolevskiy (illistrator)].

Воробьиный Царь.


Воробьиный Царь.
[King of Sparrows].
“Grani”, Feilchenfeld’s Buch-, Druck- und Verlagshandlung, Berlin, 1922.

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First edition of this wonderful illustrated tale by Kuprin

Although little known in the Western world Aleksandr Kuprin (1870-1938) was, and still is, a popular Russian writer, praised by his contemporaries including Gorky and Chekhov. Nabokov called him the Russian Kipling. After the revolution of 1917 he left his homeland and became an émigré in Paris, where he would live in poverty for 20 years before returning to Russia.

Ivan Mozalevski (1890 – 1975) is a known Ukrainian artist and illustrator. In 1920-s he lived in Berlin where he worked on illustrations for “The Brave Tin Soldier” by H.C.Anderson , “Player” by F.M.Dostoyevskiy and others. His works are in the collections of the Art Museum of Simferopol, Ukraine and in the Kiev State Museum of Ukrainian Art.


First edition. 4to (230mm x 180mm), 24pp., illustrated throughout by Mozalevski. Publisher’s decorative stiff grey wrappers, printed in green, stapled, some creasing to edges, spine rubbed, a couple of short clean tears, still a very good copy of this fragile item.



Stock ID: 77952