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Vyatskaya glinyanaya igrushka v risunkakh: raskraska risunkov ruchnaya, yachnymi kraskami, tochno skopirovannymi s podlinnikov (Clay Toys from the Region of Viatka. Drawings hand-coloured by the Author, colour in egg, exact reproduction of the originals)
Alexei Ivanovitch Denchine, Moscow 1917 - Small quarto. Title-page with limitation on verso, 21pp. of Russian text lithographed in sepia from the author's calligraphy. Cover illustration and fifty tipped-in plates of terra cotta toys, hand-colored by Denchine and heightened with gold. The plates are numbered 1-51. First edition of the first monograph on one of the most famous symbols of Russian folk art. Despite a stated limitation of 300 copies, it is likely that fewer were actually produced considering the amount of work required for each copy. The graphic artist, painter, illustrator and author Alexei Ivanovitch Denchine (or Den'shin) (1893-1948) exhibited paintings from the age of seventeen; he participated, along with Kandinsky, Rodchenko and others, in the great travelling exhibition of 1921. A great rarity of Russian book art. Original green wrappers, first side illustrated in lithography with pasted illustration hand-coloured by the artist, stab-sewn with a thick multi-colored cord. Some minor soiling and wear to wrappers, else an extraordinary copy, which retains its original board slipcase, with hand-decorations. (Lévèque & Plantureux, p. 42). [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers, Inc., ABAA]
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