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Marshak, Samuil; Lebedev, Vladimir
TSIRK [The Circus]
Raduga, Leningrad [St. Petersburg], 1925. First edition of the famous avant-garde picture book, the first collaboration by the two formative children's books creators published by Raduga - a very fine copy. Marshak was a central figure in the production of children's books after the Revolution of 1917, especially the Golden Age of Soviet Russian Books. He often worked with Raduga, the "most influential of the early Soviet children's book publishers" and Lebedev, "the greatest of Russian picture book artists" (Hearn). Lebedev's constant experimentation and avant-garde aesthetic brought a remarkable dynamic into picture books; as Michael Patrick Hearn says, "Every book was a masterpiece of modern graphic design." TSIRK not only their first collaboration but also viewed by many as their best: its influence across Russian picture books, and further, into European modernism, is difficult to overstate. Most copies survive in a battered condition; this is one of the nicest we have seen. 11'' x 8.5''. Original color pictorial wrappers printed in red, green, yellow, and black. Illustrated by Lebedev with large central color images on each page. [12] pages. Tiniest wear to foot of spine, else no flaws to speak of. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Type Punch Matrix [Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.]

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