27 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 10,625
Estimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 8,000
WORLD OF ART GROUP -- Zhar Ptitsa. Ezhemesiachnyi literaturnyi khudozhestvennyi zhurnal. N. 1-14. [Firebird. A Monthly Literary Artistic Journal. Nos 1-14. All published.] Paris and Berlin: Russian Art, 1921-1926.
14 parts in 13 bound in 2 vols, 4° (305 x 243mm). Illustrated throughout, including some colour plates mounted on leaves with printed captions. (Occasional spotting, two plates detached but present, one of these with some marginal wear.) 20th-century textured quarter sheep and brown marbled boards, with the original illustrated wrappers bound-in (wrappers trimmed and with some light wear and soiling, one rear wrapper detached and chipped but present, binding extremities rubbed). Provenance: small pressmark on front cover of first issue in each volume.
A COMPLETE SET OF THIS INFLUENTIAL PERIODICAL. 'Perhaps the most famous of post-revolutionary art journals, whose contributors threw new light on the development of Russian art at the beginning of the twentieth century' (Fekula). 'Even separate issues of the magazine, let alone complete sets of its issues, are a great bibliographic rarity' (Vengerov). An essential work of reference, it includes contributions from Somov, Benois, Grigor'ev, Bakst, Goncharova, Bilibin, Lukomskii, Diaghilev, Shukaev, Makovskii, and all the members of Mir Iskusstva. The front wrapper of the first issue states 'izdanie vtoroe' although the remainder of the set appears to be in first edition. Fekula 5742; Vengerov, Staraia Russkaia Kniga, 105 (also with a mention of 'izdanie vtoroe'). (2)
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