• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 278

    BILIBIN, Ivan (1876-1942; illustrator). Skazki. St. Petersburg: Expedition for the Preparation of Government Papers, 1901-1903. 6 parts, 2° (325 x 255mm). Chromolithographs throughout, some of these full-page. (Occasional light spotting.) Original chromolithographed wrappers, spines reinforced with tape, as issued (light wear at spine ends, light soiling, spot of ink on the front cover of one part).

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    BILIBIN, Ivan (1876-1942; illustrator). Skazki. St. Petersburg: Expedition for the Preparation of Government Papers, 1901-1903. 6 parts, 2° (325 x 255mm). Chromolithographs throughout, some of these full-page. (Occasional light spotting.) Original chromolithographed wrappers, spines reinforced with tape, as issued (light wear at spine ends, light soiling, spot of ink on the front cover of one part).

    FIRST EDITIONS. A complete set of the 6 publications in this series. Tales illustrated by Bilibin are among the most famous children's books both in and out of Russia. One of the nation's most influential illustrators, Bilibin first came to prominence when some of these folklore illustrations were shown in the Mir Iskusstva exhibition. The set comprises: Skazka ob Ivane Tsareviche, Zhar Ptitse, i o Serom Volke, Tsarevia-Liagushka, Vasilisa Prekrasnaia, Peryshko Finista Iasna-Sokola, Maria Morevna, and Sestritsa Alenushka i Bratets Ivanushka; Belaia Utochka. (6)


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