KUZMIN, MIKHAIR ALEKSEEVICH. 1872-1936, and VLADIMIR ALEKSEEVICH MILASHEVSKII. 1893-1976.
Zanaveshennye kartinki. [Curtained Pictures.] Amsterdam [but Petersburg: Petropolis], 1920.
8vo (250 x 205 mm). 34 pp. With illustrations throughout by Milashevski. Original decorated gray wrappers. Minor thumbing, expertly rebacked and corners repaired.
THE NONPAREIL OF ILLUSTRATED SOVIET HOMOEROTICA, LIMITED EDITION, one of 307 copies (no 16? erased). When the Soviet censors forbad the book's publication, "Petropolis" followed the practice of French publishers of erotica by providing the false title page with Amsterdam as the place of publication to avoid legal prosecution. Copies were available only to select collectors of erotica who bought the anonymous collection directly from the author. Nevertheless, his name got out and Kuzmin could never entirely shake himself free of the taint of the book's notoriety. Milashevskii, here working in a naughty Beardsleyesque manner appropriate to the content, later became a prolific illustrator of children's books.