Signed limited first edition thus, illustrated by Favorsky, of this Pushkin comic poem with a striking modern design.
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"To illustrate [Pushkin] is a terrifying task! But his austerity and precision are a great help." – Vladimir Favorski
Russian graphic artist, art critic, and woodcut illustrator Vladimir Favorsky (also transliterated as Favorski) blended the traditional and the modern in his art. He helmed the Russian state art and technical school Vkhutemas – often compared in style and philosophy to Bauhaus – as rector during a tumultuous period in the 1920s, during which he resisted government efforts to mandate the artistic methods and styles of the students. Favorsky's perspective shines through in his extensive oeuvre of book illustrations; he was particularly fond of the codex as a vehicle for art, noting that "the book can serve simultaneously as an example of wholeness of design and variety of content" (Molok, 242). Favorsky designed this stylish edition of one of Pushkin's more lighthearted works to incorporate smaller drawings in the margins in addition to larger illustrations, to mimic the writer's distinctive marginalia.
Read more: Yuri Molok, Vladimir Favorski.
First edition. Moscow: Русское общество друзей книги, 1929. Title translation: The Little House in Kolomna. 11.25'' x 7.5''. Original pictorial boards. Illustrated in black and white. 22,  pages. Small gift inscription ftom "Jay" to "Jack," dated 1933. Signed by Favorski to limitation page and numbered 166 of 500. Binding with a bit of toning to edges, light bumping to corners ad spine ends; upper rear corner with a couple shallow creases. Spine cracked to one opening. Clean.
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