SOKOLOV-MIKITOV, IVAN SERGEEVICH. 1882-1975.
LIUBAVINA, NADEZHDA, illustrator. Zasuponya. St. Petersburg: Segodnya, 1918.
8vo (205 x 150 mm). 8 pp. Hand-colored linoleum cuts. Hand-colored wrappers. Some soiling and covers reinforced.
ONE OF 125 HAND-COLORED COPIES OF SIKOLOV-MITIKOV'S FUTURIST CHILDREN'S BOOK, this copy out of series. Sokolov-Mikitov was a Soviet Russian poet renowned for his sensitive writing about nature and sympathy for working men and women. Zasuponya was one of his early works. Segodnya (Today) was an artists' collective, led by Vera Ermolaeva, who founded the first (though short-lived) Soviet children's book publishing company after the Russian Revolution. "Sokolov-Mikitov's mysterious Zasuponya, who resembles a three-eyed pinecone, chases a crane from its swampy home, smashing its eggs and ruining its nest. Zasuponya was just one of many creatures in a neo-pagan mythology taking shape in the works of Russian writers...." (Steiner p 17).