New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1907 (as "Russian Fairy Tales" with 16 col. plates), 1913, "Fifth Thousand" early issue, before numbered printings, brown cloth with blue, black, and cream illustration from the title story, repeated as frontis, endpapers with green line drawings of characters in the stories walking through a wood; 7 colored plates; large 8vo; 126 pp. Juvenile hardback.
One of several Russian collections illustrated by Bilibin about this time, which seem to have been published with a varying number of plates assembled from his previous works. According to the author, the Tzar (Nicholas II) searching for authentic Slav tales for his children, had had individual birthday books illustrated by the young artist. Told in a lively voice.
CONDITION: Good Plus without jacket; neat inked name on front endpaper, no other marks, sound hinges but loosening a bit, page edges soiled, extrems bumped, pages flat and generally clean. Item #21784