LEBEDEV, VLADIMIR VASILIEVICH. 1891-1967.
Prikliucheniya Chuch-lo. [The Adventures of Chuch-Lo.] Petersburg: Epokha, 1922.
Oblong 4to. 24 pp. Two-color lithographs. Original two-color lithographed wrappers. Some thumb marks and soiling.
FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. The comic story of an American Indian ("chuch-lo" actually means "scarecrow") who travels between New York and Florida. For these startling lithographs, Lebedev freely took elements of Cubist, Neo-Primitivism and children's drawings. Their fresh spontaneity suggests that they could have been drawn by a little boy or girl. "When I make drawings for children," Lebedev said, "I try to recall my own consciousness as a child." Perhaps nowhere else was this better exemplified than in this picture book. He prepared the lithographs himself and the text was entirely hand lettered by the artist. However, feeling that literature was not his proper milieu, Lebedev never wrote and illustrated another picture book.