PUSHKINS FAMOUS TALES – a French version, Paris 1919

Contes populaires russes de Pouchkine traduits en français par Alexandra de Holstein et René Ghil,
et ornés de bois gravés par Jean Lébédeff. Paris, Société Littéraire de France, 1919

Large 4to. (32 x 24 cm). Pp. (vi), 70, (1). With many pochoir coloured illustrations throughout, including one full-page frontispiece.
As issued, in loose gatherings, in original decorative wrappers.
First edition, limited to 270 copies on “vélin des Papeteries de Rives”, this is no. 236.

An imposing work of this early production by the Russian exile and skilled wood engraver Jean Lébédeff. He spent many years in Paris where he became acquainted with many of the greatest artists of the day. The colouring is done by the pochoir-master Jean Saudé. The famous tales were written by the renowned poet Pushkin who is often considered the founder of modern Russian literature. Comprises the tales: Conte du tzar Saltane; Conte du pope et de son ouvrier Balda; Conte de la prinsesse et des sept preux chevaliers; Conte du pêcheur et du petit poisson d’or and; Conte du coq d’or. An exceptionally well-preserved copy of a scarce and beautiful work. Price: EUR 2,200.-

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