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Po, Edgar (Edgar Allan Poe) and Dmitrii Isidorovich Mitrokhin, illustrator
Zolotoi zhuk [The Gold-Beetle]
St. Petersburg: Akvilon, 1922. Small octavo (17 × 14 cm). Original pictorial wrappers (front wrapper and a vignette to rear cover) by Dmitrii Mitrokhin; 53, [1] pp. Five full-page black-and-white illustrations and eighteen smaller illustrations and vignettes. About fine. The publishing house "Akvilon" was created in September 1921 by Val'er M. Kantor, in order to satisfy a demand for bibliophile publications following the years of the Civil War. Each book was to be approached as a work of art, and published in print runs ranging from 500 to 1500 copies. The creative director of the enterprise was Fedor F. Notgaft (1896-1942), an art scholar and collector, who was able to engage many of the leading members of the World of Art group ("Mir iskusstva"). In total, twenty two titles appeared in the series, during the relatively short period of 1921 to 1923. The choice of Poe is not surprising, given his significance not only to Russian writers such as Dostoevsky, but above all to the Russian Symbolists, with poets such as Valery Briusov, Korney Chukovsky, and Konstantin Bal'mont translating him widely. Dmitri Mitrokhin's accomplished illustrations for Poe's short story are among his best works of the period, and depict both key scenes and various items mentioned in the tale, and played in important role in his evolving understanding of the relationship between illustrator and literary work. Printed with overall layout by and under supervision of V. A. Anisimov. Publisher's mark by Mstislav Dobuzhinsky. One of only 800 copies. As of March 2020, KVK and OCLC only show the copies at … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernett Penka Rare Books [Boston, MA, U.S.A.]
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