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21905. (The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege

(The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege

On the centenary of his birth, Pushkin's  "small masterpiece" Oleg the Wise was illustrated by the Russian artist Vasnetsov, who had turned from genre and religious paintings to Russian myths and fairy tales.

The brave 10th c prince Oleg the Wise hears of his doom from a scornful wizard. Fearing the prophecy that his horse will bring about his death, Oleg sadly puts his beloved horse out to pasture, "Forget me not old friend. Farewell!" and he continues on with his brilliant career. Years later, he learns that his horse has died so that having followed the prophecy seems to have been useless. As he gently touches the horse's skull, a snake shoots out and poisons him. His companions sing the praise "of him whom death had brought to naught." A touching horse story in Pushkin's telling, as well as a philosophical hero tale, with a beautiful stocky white horse, long-maned with a knotted forelock.

Included is a 1988 full sized facsimile reproduction of the English translation booklet provided by Mme Pogosky's Depot for Russian Peasant Industries, and turned into English verse very early in his career by the poet Wilfred Wilson Gibson, with her title page and with a two page modern afterword by V. Golenishchev on Pushkin and on Vasnetsov's illustrations. (190th anniversary of Pushkin's birth)

$1,200.00

 

21475 What's on the Air? by Melcher (Sunbonnet Babies)

What's on the Air?

The Joy Radio station presents a day of programming, each spread has the decorated title of the show and a drawing with a poem underneath, also a little clock. Melcher's last book, designed with her daughters. Note: This book has been sold.

$100.00

 

21433 Venturesome Voyage by Allen

Venturesome Voyage.

Twin orphans, brother and sister, cast adrift, sail with a shipment of humanitarian aid to Greece during the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Turks (1821-1832). Endless adventures ensue, the brother trying to care for his sister, and the sister always thinking up a new exciting plan (unlike the self-consciously "spunky" heroines of recent YA fiction, Phoebe is the real thing) Though they begin with the idea of grand adventure, their gradual understanding of the complexity of the situation and the suffering of the refugees, as well as the limits of their ability to care for themselves are handled truthfully, always from a child's point of view. An amusing and ultimately very touching book. SIGNED and BRIEFLY INSCRIBED by the author.

$32.00

 

19892 The Three Toymakers by Williams, ill Hughes.

The Three Toymakers

A modern folk tale of good and evil toymakers and how they prepare for a competition at the king's palace, including a talking doll and an adventure over the snowy mountains. Uncommon in this nice edition, printed on good quality paper.

$100.00

 

19787 The Heart of a Dog by Terhune, ill Kirmse.

The Heart of a Dog.

Beautiful paintings of this graceful dog illustrate Terhune's collection of inimitable stories. Not an uncommon book, but in very nice condition and just right for a young collie lover.

$25.00

 

20586 The Urchin by Unnerstad, ill Wikland.

The Urchin.

Funny 5 year old Urchin, of the Larsson family, has a mind of his own. The results are surprising!

$25.00

 

20765 Eight Tales of Mr. Pengachoosa by Rush, ill Meike.

Eight Tales of Mr. Pengachoosa.

A little girl's Hamster does not want to come in to his cage for the winter, but he will tell her a story of his grandfather, Mr. P,  when he pleases. Set in a wet autumnal garden. The third in the series.
NOTE: This book has been SOLD.

$26.00

 

21522 The Eastern Beacon by Ray, ill. Duchesne.

The Eastern Beacon.

Two children captured and put ashore on the isles of Sullya are thought to bring bad luck and set away to keep the Eastern Beacon warning fire burning . Note that the illustrator differs from the American reprint.

$90.00

 

21481 One is One by Picard, ill Ambrus.

One is One.

A gentle boy dreams of knighthood in the violent physical world of 14th c. England. He achieves his goal with difficulty, but then must think again of what he truly wants in his life.
Note: This book is SOLD.

$65.00

 

20707 Rolling Season by Mayne, ill Brooker.

The Rolling Season.

  • Hiram and his friends worked hard to help their village during a severe drought, but then Hiram found a magic solution from the old days, a wheel with a bell was rolled downhill.
$24.00

 

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