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Conte de Tsar Saltan et son Fils, le Glorieux et Puissant Prince Guidon Saltanovitch et de sa belle Princesse Cygne Mis en français par Claude Anet. Illustré et orné par Natalia Gontcharova
Paris: Éditions à La Sirène, 1921. First Edition. Rare. Limited to 599 copies, this copy number 595 on Vélin de Rives. The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan is an 1831 poem by Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837) published in a book of Russian fairy tales edited by Vladimir Dahl. Gontcharova, a noted Russian avant-garde artist, was particularly active as a set and costume designer, notably for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes along with her husband Mikhail Larionov (1881-1964); she also worked as a book illustrator. Both she and Larionov were leading figures in the dynamic Parisian emigre art world of the 1920s and beyond.. Quarto. Original publisher's boards with striking floral-motif design in reds on a purple ground in pochoir, twining floral-patterned endpapers in light brown and white on a light yellow ground. With 48 plates in pochoir on 24 leaves inclusive of title and colophon, including 10 full-page plates illustrating the tale, others incorporating text. With text in French. Unbound, uncut, and unopened. Binding slightly worn, especially at edges; corners bumped; edges slightly faded; joints splitting; remnants of dark purple ribbon tie to central outer edge of both upper and lower boards. Minor foxing to margins; some tissue guards creased. In very good condition overall.
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