WORLD OF ART GROUP -- Zhar Ptitsa. Ezhemesiachnyi literaturnyi khudozhestvennyi zhurnal. N. 1-14. [Firebird. A Monthly Literary Artistic Journal. Nos 1-14.] Paris and Berlin: Russian Art, 1921-1926. 14 issues in 13 parts, all but one issue bound together in 1 volume, 4° (300 x 240mm). Illustrated throughout, including some colour plates mounted on leaves with printed captions. (Issues 1 and 9 without the adverts, issue 9 also lacking some text, some plates possibly lacking, a few leaves repaired in the inside margin.) Issue 3 in the original printed wrappers, the others bound together in dark blue cloth, the front wrapper of issue 14 trimmed and mounted on the upper board, the other original front wrappers bound-in (bound without the rear wrappers, some wrappers trimmed by the binder, front free endpaper detached, cloth with some wear).
FIRST EDITIONS 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. Sold not subject to return.