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Books:Slavic Literature:Art From ZH BOOKS


Nesterov. Ocherk N. N. Evreinova

By Evreinov, Nikolai

Peterburg: Knigoizdatelstvo "Tretia Strazha", 1922. Softcover. First edition, 1 of 2000 copies; 7 3/4 x 6 3/4; pp. [3], 4-82; textured, Avant Garde-design wraps in beige, yellow, and green; edges brittle with small nicks and chips; small loss of paper to spine and a bit of splitting to wraps along edges of spine; illustrated with photographs and numerous color and b&w plates; overall in very good condition. A small label on the front wrap verso identifies the previous owner of the book as Jacques Povolozky (born Iakov Benderskii in Odessa) - Russian emigre publisher, art gallery-owner, and translator in Paris, who was a major figure among the art and literary circles of the time.Nikolai Evreinov (1879 - 1953) was a dramatist, a director, and an important figure of the Russian Symbolism Movement. His current study of artist Mikhail Nesterov (1862 - 1942), who was closely associated with the Peredvizhniki i Mir Iskusstva, was largely based on his personal experiences and recollections after their meeting in 1911.The design of the book was created at the studio and publishing house of Nataliia Butkovskaia (1878 - 1948). She was an actor, director, and publisher and employed various artists to work on designing the books she published. She would become best known for her series of works, including the current one, on notable Russian artists.


Risunki i nabroski s natury / Dessins et croquis d'apres nature (Drawings and Sketches from Life)

By Gagarin, Kniaz Gr.

S.-Peterburg (St. Petersburg) : Ekspeditsiia zagotovleniia gosudarstvennykh bumag, 1902. Softcover. First edition; 21 of 30 (i.e. 24) plates + title page and a list of illustrations; elephant folio binder, green cloth over boards, gilt title to front board; 20 1/2 x 14 1/2; loose card stock sheets with mounted color plates, sheets 20 x 14, plates approx. 11 1/2 x 8 1/2; plates in fine condition, a few of the sheets with minor nicks and cuts to corners; title page and list of illustrations with cuts and chips along edges; folder with cloth split along spine and a few spots from tape residue; overall in very good condition. Prince Grigory Gagarin (1810 - 1893) was a Russian artist, diplomat, and Major General. After studying under the great Karl Briullov, Gagarin became friends with Pushkin and Lermontov and illustrated several of the former's books. During the Caucasian War, he took part in the military operations and continued painting, at the same time. He would become the Vice President of the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1859. His current work, published posthumously, illustrated people, landmarks, and everyday happenings in the Caucasus.


Anonymous Poster

By Inkiostri-Medenjak, Dragutin

Zagreb: Tipografija D. D., 1925. Softcover. Lithographed poster, n. d. (ca 1925); 3 1/4 ft. x 6 1/2 ft.; three panels, attached at verso; folded; several closed cuts and splits to fold lines; a few small pieces of tape to verso and pin holes to corners; a bit of wear to edges; very good- condition. A massive and truly stunning piece by the Serbian pioneer of graphic design Dragutin Inkiostri-Medenjak, pseudonym for Karlo Inkiostri (1866 - 1942), one we have never seen before in the trade or at auction. Born in Belgrade, he traveled throughout the South Slavic countries, collecting and cataloging ethnic motifs and patterns and attempting to establish specific, national, decorative styles. He would also become a professor at the Arts and Crafts School in Belgrade in the early 1900s. After Austria-Hungary's invasion of Serbia in 1914, he would design numerous patriotic posters, for which he would be arrested and prosecuted. He would become known for his incredible frescoes and murals on historic buildings and churches, including one of the oldest and most valuable historical monuments of Belgrade, Vukova Zaduzbina.


Iskusstvo / No. 7, 1958

By Organ Ministerstva Kul'tury SSSR i Soiuza Khudozhnikov SSSR; [Edited by] Artamonov, V.; et al

Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel'stvo "Iskusstvo", 1958. Softcover. First edition; 9 x 11 1/2; pp. 3-78, [2]; pictorial wraps; some rubbing and minor loss of paper to spine; small crease lines and a chip to corners; internally clean; illustrated with both color and b&w plates (some tipped-in); "Contents" and "Illustrations Index" pages in Russian and French; overall in about very good- condition. An uncommon survivor of one of the influential Soviet art journals published from 1937 (some sources list the first year of publication as 1933, but a subtitle in the current issue states 21 years in circulation) to 1990. Issue No. 7 for 1958 contains material on the life and works of Pavel Fedotov (1815 – 1852) - a Russian painter who gained quite a recognition but ended up persecuted by the government for his ties to the Petrashevsky Social-Democratic group and ultimately died in a psychiatric hospital, sisters Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazian, sculptor Boris Korolev, foremost painter of hostorical subjects Vasilii Surikov, etc.


Iunyi Khudozhnik / No. 6, 1938

By [Edited By] Sysoev, P.; et al

1938. Softcover. First edition (one of 10 000 copies); 9 1/2 x 11 1/2; pp. 1-24, [2] including text to back cover; stapled printed wraps with color plate pasted on front cover; some rubbing to spine; mild age-toning and spotting to margins of wraps; internally mostly very clean with few small rusty spots along staples; profusely illustrated; very good or better condition. A beautiful example of pre-WWII children's art journal in a remarkably good condition for its age. The current issue includes an editorial on Jean-Francois Millet's life and art, well-illustrated study of the Louvre and its fine arts treasures, an article on linocuts, etc.


Russkaia Khudozhestvennaia Kul'tura Kontsa XIX-Nachala XX Veka (1895-1907) In Two Volumes

By Alekseev, A. D. et al

Moskva: Nauka, 1968. Hardcover. First edition; 8 ½†x 10 ½†; vol. I pp. [6], 7-441, [3]; vol. II pp. [6], 7-401, [3]; original beige buckram with blue and silver title; printed DJ; profusely illustrated from paintings, photographs, and drawings; minor bumping to corners; vol. I with a slight vertical crease line to first free page; near fine. Jackets very good with a few small nicks and chips to head and tail of spine and corners.


Russkaia Dereviannaia Posuda XVII-XX Vekov. Katalog Vystavki iz Sobraniia Gosudarstvennogo Istoricheskogo Muzeia/ Russian Wooden Dishes and Household Utensils (17th-20th centuries). Catalogue of the Exhibition from the Collection of the State History Museum

By Gosudarstvennyi Istoricheskii Muzei

Moskva: Gosudarstvennyi Ordena Lenina Istoricheskii Muzei, 1981. Soft cover. Very Good. First edition, oblong 8 1/4" x 7 1/2"; unpaginated (pp. 36) + tipped-in separate catalog (pp. 36); original pictorial wraps; minor wear along spine and a few faint crease lines to upper margin of front wrap; very good. Main book illustrated with color plates with subtitles; tipped-in catalog illustrated in b & w. In Russian and English with a short history of the trade and of the collection at the museum.


Jalomiczathal (Bucsecs.) Siebenburgische Karpathen

By [Photogravure by] Paulussen, R. v.; [Original photograph by] Dechy, M. v.

Wien, 1892. Soft cover. Good. First edition; oblong (recto only) 9 1/4" x 12"; heavy cream stock; few minor spots of foxing along margins; heavier foxing to verso (not affecting the print); good or better condition. A beautiful photogravure of the Bucegi (Bucsecs) Mountains - the Easternmost range of the South Carpathians in Romania. It depicts a stunning view of the mountains and a few of the local peoples. The art is from the series the Jahrbuch des Siebenb