Title Skazki Pushkina Skazka o Tsar Slatanje (Tsar Slatan)
Book Condition Near Fine
Edition First Edition
Publisher St. Petersburg The Department for the Production of State Documents [Expeditsii Zagotovleny Gosudarstvennukh] 1905
Seller ID 005293
Hauntingly beautiful chromolithographic images by Ivan Biliban. Oblong, 4to, measuring 32 by 26 cm, and 20 pp., featuring ten chromolithographs in addition to front cover, title and the rear cover vignette. Five of the chromos within are full page. 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. WIth original loose glassine tissue guards intact. Light wear along outer joint fold, with small chip loss by one of the staples. A touch of soiling along gilt edge of front cover, and scattered more generally on rear cover. Otherwise, a clean, bright copy!