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The Overcoat. From the Tales of Petersburg.
Verona: The Officina Bodoni, 1975. One of 160 copies signed by the illustrators. 6 etchings by Pietro Annigoni. Title printed in green and black, text set in Pushkin cyrillic and the English version in Dante and printed on handmade Pescia paper. Small folio, original vellum backed boards, light brown paper covered boards, small gilt Officina Bodoni device on upper cover, top edge gilt, others uncut, in the original green cloth slipcase. An very good, bright and fresh copy. Original prospectus with specimen inserted loose plus an original printed order form for the book from Chiswick Book Shop in the US who were the sole US distributor. The book has the original Russian text with a translation by Constance Garnett. The Russian text is set in Pushkin cyrillic designed and cut by Vadim Lazursky for the earlier Officina Bodoni publication 'The Bronze Horseman'. Whilst printing the book Mardersteig found that he couldn't put the two languages on facing pages as the Russian text is more succinct than the English so, in his own words "I adopted an unusual typographic solution whcih was made possible because Lazursky's Pushkin type and my Dante, despite the great difference in alphabetic forms, matched one another in weight: the arrangement gave the book a distinctive, yet attractive, quality". The splendid etching by Pietro Annigoni, co-founder of the Modern Realist Painters group in Italy in 1947, are among the most important published by the press and are spectacular as a representation of Gogol's important story, one of the best known in Russian literature. .
Bookseller: Sophie Schneideman Rare Books [United Kingdom]

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