After a long hiatus from uploading photos and generally tending to the site, we will be adding much new material in the week ahead, including illustrated manuscripts, a few wonderful color plate books, and some quirky ephemera items.
Our fair schedule resumes in the New Year with the San Francisco Antiquarian Print & Paper Fair on February 1st and 2nd at the Fort Mason Center and the California International Antiquarian Book Fair beginning the following Thursday in Pasadena. More details will follow.
Publisher St. Petersburg The Department for the Production of State Documents [Expeditsii Zagotovleny Gosudarstvennukh] 1902
Seller ID 002026
Hauntingly beautiful chromolithographic images by Ivan Biliban. 4to, measuring 32 by 26 cm, and 11 pp., featuring eight chromolithographs in addition to front cover and the rear cover vignette. Three of the chromos within are full page, with a third close to being so. In addition, there is the chromo decorative borders, very much a part of the integral whole. This work is part of a series of indigenous fairy tales the Russian government commissioned Bilibin to illustrate. To do so Bilibin paid meticulous care to actual traditional costume, architecture and decor. The work cemented Bilibin's renown, which was also built on stage design. The front cover is soiled and toned in the margins, and then within there is some scattered soiling.