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Pushkin, Alexander; Eastman, Max (Translator); Kent, Rockwell (Illustrations)
Gabriel [Gavrilliad]; A Poem in One Song
New York: Covici-Friede, 1929. Limited Edition. Parchment. Fine/near fine. Kent, Rockwell. No. 341 of 750 copies, octavo size, 44 pp., with parchment wrapper and slipcase. Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837) was an esteemed Russian poet and novelist, who is considered the founder of modern Russian literature. This work, "Gabriel", is a satirical (some would say blasphemous) look at the Annunciation; given the status of the Church at the time, Pushkin denied authorship as he could have been prosecuted for blasphemy by the Holy Synod and sentenced to a life sentence in Siberia; he later (apparently) acknowledged authorship in a private letter to Czar Nicholas I. With an Introduction by translator Max Forrester Eastman (1883-1969), author and political activist; while in graduate school he became an ardent socialist, but upon living in Russia from 1922 to 1924 and witnessing the Great Purge he became a capitalist, however, he remained very much an independent in his thinking throughout his life. And who better to provide the illustrations than Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), illustrator extraordinaire who bridged the artistic gap between Victorian and Modern art. Kent was also an admirer of Russia and the USSR, with the Soviet government purchasing a number of his paintings for the Hermitage and Pushkin museums. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full limp Pergamus Sheepskin Parchmant with yapped edges, gilt decoration of a dove by Kent on the front, gilt lettering on the spine, the dove decoration on the title page, four black-and-white woodcut illustrations after Kent through … [Click Below for Full Description]
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