Estimate: £700 - £1,000
Sold For: £520
Skazki [Tales, St. Petersburg, 1901-1903], 4 (of six) parts,
each 12pp., Cyrillic script within decorative borders, chromolithograph illustrations throughout, including some full-page, a little minor spotting, original chromolithograph wrappers, rubbed (especially to spines) and lightly dust-soiled, one or two very short edge-tears, slim 4to
Titles as follows: Maria Morevna; The Feather of Finist the Falon; Tsarevich Ivan, The Firebird and the Grey Wolf; Sister Alyonushka and Brother Ivanushka/The White Duck. These tales were recorded by well-known folklorist Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev (1826-1871), who collected and published more than 600 such stories. Renowned Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942) was inspired by Slavic folklore as well as by the remote Russian countryside. The artist also worked very successfully as a stage designer for ballet and opera in France, moving to Paris in 1925, although he missed his homeland and returned to Russia in 1936.