Moscow: Progress, 1966, stated first, most translations by Irnina Zheleznova or Dorian Rottenberg, designed by Vladimir Minayev; dark green cloth with white silk marker ribbon bound in, gilt titles, black endpapers with faint blue green scratch image of Vasilisa in the forest, coloured chapter heads and illustrations full and in text every few pages; with red, white and black knights in flowing capes, surging across large entire golden jacket; 8vo, 213 pp. Juvenile hardback.
A beautifully produced hardback collection of Russian Fairytales, one of Progress Publishers' efforts to reach out to English speaking children. Minayev integrates the colour and design of endpapers, title page, chapter heads, and illustrations in a moody and romantic design. The sixteen tales are from the classic collections of the folklorist Alexander Afanasyev, (1826 - 1871), who has been compared to Grimm although his collection methods and documentation of sources were ahead of his time. The tales in this collection, some familiar, some less: Vasilisa The BeautifulTsarevich Ivan and Grey WolfThe Two IvansFenist The FalconSister Alyonushka and Brother IvanushkaChestnut-GreyFather FrostGo I know Not Where, Fetch I know Not WhatLittle Girl and the Swan-GeeseThe Silver Saucer and the Rosy-Cheeked AppleEmelya and the PikeThe Frog TsarevnaWee Little HavroshechkaMarya Morevna The Lovely TsarevnaIvan - Young of Years, Old of WisdomThe Seven Simeons - Seven Brave Workingmen.
CONDITION: Very Good in Good Plus jacket; charming formal gift inscription by great grandfather, wear to board edges,; jacket with closed split along 2" of spine and across spine, no rough tears or chips but rubbed creases and spine ends are quite visible on this paper. Item #22546