Fine copy of this private production, from the very rare edition of 50 copies only, each one bearing the printed name of the recipient.
This copy was made for Valerian Svetlov also known as V. Ivchenko, an active supporter of Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, who was involved in the organisation of the first season in 1909. After having published some of the best works on Russian ballet, he died in January 1934 – ten months before the printing of the present work: an unusual example of a posthumous dedication.
The work is a facsimile of Pushkin’s notebook that Serge Lifar acquired from a dealer in Paris. The notebook contains a handwritten introduction to A Journey to Arzrum with the first two pages crossed out and not subsequently included in Pushkin’s publication of the novel in Sovremennik in 1836. The wrappers were designed by R. M. Dobuzhinskiy, son of Mstislav.
4to. (27 x 21 cm). 78  pp., including facsimile letters in Russian and French, frontispiece, head- and tailpieces, loose ad leaf inserted; discrete stamp ‘Printed in France’ to title. Publisher’s printed wrappers by Dobuzhinskiy; a bit soiled, fore-edge of upper cover slightly creased.
Provenance: Valerian Yakovlevich Svetlov (printed dedication); Paul M. Fekula (this copy as num. 5163 in his catalogue).
Stock ID: 86298