Limited edition of Gogol’s famous tale illustrated by Alexandra Grinevskiy
Alexandra Grinevskiy (1899-1976) was the illegitimate daughter of a Petersburg aristocrat and was consequently raised in Paris by her paternal aunt. She became an actress in 1921 for the avant-garde Pitoeff Theatre where she met the artist and set designer Alexandre Alexeieff. Konstantin Stanivlavski was enamoured by Grinevskiy when he saw her performing on a visit to Paris, so much so that he wanted to take her back to Russia with him but decided to stay in France with Alexeieff and the pair married in 1923. After the birth of their daughter, Grinevskaya gave up her life as an actress and became a successful artist and book illustrator.
First edition, one of 99 copies; folio; 25 (including title) colour etchings with an extra suite of 11 (two of which are numbered and dates by the artist, un-cut and wide-margined copy; later half morocco with original wrappers bound in, block loosened and edges slightly bumped; text in French, translated by Jarl Priel.
Stock ID: 98970