BILIBIN, IVAN YAKOVLOVICH, illustrator.
PUSHKIN, ALEXANDER. Skazka o Tsare Saltane. [The Tale of Tsar Saltan.] St. Petersburg: Expeditsii Zagotovlenya Gosudarstvennykh Bumag, 1905. Chromolithographs after I. Ya. Bilibin. Chromolithographed wrappers. Mild rubbing to wrappers, light offsetting from plates to text, else near fine.
FIRST BILIBIN EDITION. One of the most beautiful picture books ever published for children and one of the masterworks of Mir Isskustva [The World of Art]. These illustrations were related to the elaborate sets and costumes Bilibin designed for the Rimsky-Korsakov opera also based on the Pushkin poem. Bilibin emigrated after the Bolshevik Revolution; but on his return to the Soviet Union, he reillustrated this title in a more conventional manner in 1937.
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