Georgii NARBUT[In Russian:] Mushroom Wars. Illustrations by Georgii Narbut.
Moscow, Knebel, (1909).
4to, publisher’s card self-wrappers ornamented by the artist with title in black and red, small colour vignette of a mushroom on back cover, (in modern box). (12)pp. (including covers). Russian text in double column. Superb illustration in chromolithography by Georgii Narbut consisting of a decorative border, 6 vignettes, 5 large headpieces and 4 plates. Complete. First Edition.
Beautiful Russian children’s book of the pre-revolutionary period illustrated and designed by the great Ukranian artist Narbut (1886-1920), a follower of Bilibin and a member of “Mir Iskousstva”.
A fine copy.
Ref. Albert Lemmens & Serge Stommels, Russian Artists and the Children’s Book 1890-1992, p. 63 / Françoise Lévèque & Serge Plantureux, Dictionnaire des illustrateurs de livres d’enfants russes, p. 188 / Not in Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch, Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library and Russian Book Art