Volga. Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin.


Petrograd: I.I. Bilibin, 1904. First edition. Stiff Wraps. 16 pages. Folio, 38.4 x 31 cm. Printed by R. Golike and A. Vilborg. Front cover and five full-page color lithograph illustrations. Bilibin was one of the best-known members of the Mir Iskusstva [World of Art] group. He was the greatest illustrator of Russia's skazki or fairy tales and was a distinguished set and costume designer. Volga remains one of the most distinctively designed and printed publications of the Silver Age. Bilibin devoted six months to illustrating this ancient bylina or folk epic about the mythic hero Volga. He maintained vast knowledge of ancient Russian and Ukrainian folk art for costumes, architecture and interiors as well as the style and composition of the color lithographs. Bilibin absorbed a vast array of artistic influences from Russian lubki (popular prints) to Japanese woodblock prints. He drew on the works of E. Polenova, S. Maliutin and V. Vasnetsov all of whom turned to Russian folk tales for inspiration. Nicks to spine with some loss reinforced with clear archival tape. Interior contents clean and fresh. Orig. illustrated stiff wrappers. Very good. Item #22131

Price: $1,925.00

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