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The Feather of Finist the Falcon] - BILIBIN, Ivan Ya[kovlevich] (artist)] - 1902. 
Exped. Zagotovl. Gos. Bumag. Skt. Peterburg 1902 - Folio (32.5 x 25.5 cm). 12 pp., chromolithographs throughout, some of these full-page. Original chromolithographed wrappers; some light soiling, trace of a small label on lower cover. Fine example of this beautiful children book, finely illustrated in colour. Rarely found in such a nice, unrestored condition. Over a four-year period Bilibin illustrated six tales using as backgrounds the typical Russian countryside and buildings: dark and luscious forests and meadows, blue ribbons of rivers, colourful medieval building, ancient monasteries and wood huts. He strove to create an artistic whole for the series by careful layout and design. He placed the illustrations within intricate frames of his own design, employing a variety of decorative motifs that imitate wood carvings and poker-work; and he selected and drew the ornamental lettering used on the cover and at the beginning of each tale. The books were released as thin, large-format publications in stiff wrappers and illustrated with colourful high quality chromolithographs. Bilibin's style has been frequently imitated and his approach to book design, where everything is subordinated to a single artistic concept, was very influential in the history of Russian book design (Golynets, pp. 6-7; 13-15). Kilgour 1302f, Rats 4, Seslavinskiy Girlianda 191. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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