Ivan Bilibin Russian Fairy Tales Art Nouveau 1st 1912 Ivan Bilibine Wonder Tales
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Ivan Bilibin Russian Fairy Tales Art Nouveau 1st 1912 Ivan Bilibine Wonder Tales:
Russian Wonder Tales
Post Wheeler, Litt.D.
Secretary of the American Embassy at St PetersburgIllustrated by
Ivan BilibinFirst US editionPublished by
The Century Co., New York
A somewhat elusive title, hard to find in any condition. Published the same year as the first British (A. & C. Black) particular copy is inscribed George A. Znamensky – probably George Alexandrovich Znamensky (1890-1975), author of several Russian readers, including Conversational Russian: A Beginner’s Manual and Elementary Scientific Russian Reader, published in America.Contents include:
Tzar Saltan, Wassilissa the Beautiful, The Little Humpbacked Horse, Tzarevich Ivan, the Glowing Bird and the Grey Wolf, Maria Morevna, Martin the Peasant’s Son, The Feather of Finist the Falcon, The Frog-Tzarevna, Schmat-Razum, Little Bear’s-Son, Wassily the Unlucky, and Tzarevich Petr and the Wizard.
With a Foreword on the Russian Skazki, plus Prefatory Letter by Dr L. Casso (Imperial Russian Minister of complete and intact. A little finger-marking, smudging and soiling intermittently throughout (mostly to margins), occasional heavier staining, several consecutive leaves (including one plate) with nick, several other consecutive leaves (including one plate) with light crease across lower corner, minor separation between a few pairs of gatherings, two closed tears, slight bumping to tips. Two plates pulling at hinge (with a little paper pulled away), five plates with a little soiling to margins. Endpapers with very slight foxing; front free endpaper with previous owner’s name (as above); hinges with a few small splits. Edges of page block with scratching, a few small marks; lower corner with usual shelf-soiling. Binding loose. Boards and spine as shown; cloth worn through slightly at corners, chipped and badly worn at head and foot of spine (with a few small glue repairs).
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