3 June 2009
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 vols, 4° (322 x 247mm). Illustrated throughout, including some colour plates mounted on leaves with printed captions. Original illustrated wrappers (a few spine ends chipped, light wear at the extremities, occasional light soiling).
FIRST EDITIONS. A VERY GOOD, COMPLETE SET IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS 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. Fekula 5742; Vengerov, Staraia Russkaia Kniga, 105. (13)
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