First edition of this simple yet dynamic instructional picture book, featuring a modernist approach to book design – a very fine copy.
"In retrospective Raduga had set the standard for the Russian children's book that was to enthrall the Western world around 1930." – Lemmens and Stommels
Marshak, a major children's book author and editor of the early 20th century, is best known today for his collaborations with the artist Lebedev and the publisher Raduga, of which this is a gorgeous example. Raduga led the innovations that characterized the Golden Age of Soviet Russian picture books, with an approach similar to Flammarion's Père Castor series in Paris – using avant-garde philosophies to make books designed to encourage interactive reading – but its influence spread well beyond the world of children's literature and into mainstream modernist art. The designer El Lissitzky believed that "It is in the area of children's books that we have accomplished most," asserting that "[h]ere we have found the form that corresponds to the content. The book is made active" (quoted in Hearn). An exceptional copy, the finest we have seen.
Read more: Hearn, From the Silver Age to Stalin: Russian Children's Book Illustration in the Sasha Lurye Collection; Lemmons and Stommels, Russian Artists and The Children's Book, 1890-1992; Lévèque and Plantureux, Dictionnaire des illustrateurs de livres d'enfants Russes, 161.
Leningrad: Raduga, 1927. 11'' x 8.25''. Original color pictorial wrappers printed in red, blue, grey, and black. Illustrated by Lebedev in color on every page.  pages.
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