A richly illustrated collection of Russian folk tales: Vasilisa the Beautiful; Maria Morevna; The Feather of Finist the Falcon; The Frog-Tsarevna; Tsarevich Ivan, the Firebird and the Grey Wolf. The illustrations included in this edition were created in the early 20th century by Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin — a famous Russian illustrator and stage designer, who was inspired by Slavic folklore throughout his career. He was a prominent figure in the artistic movement Mir Iskusstva and contributed to the Ballets Russes. The tales were recorded by the renowned folklorist Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev (1826 –1871), who collected and published more than 600 Russian folk tales in the middle 19th century.
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Used Book in Good Condition
1, colour illustrations
1, colour illustrations
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Bilbin illustrations are used on Russian Stacking dolls. Vasilissa the Beautiful was the story I was looking for, it is the one with the girl carrying a skull of fire. If you love Bilbin illustrations you should see them backlit on a Kindle. The stories are some of the best Fairy Tales in the world. Such a deal.
I am a fan of the golden age illustration. Recently I discovered the art of Ivan Bilibin with his unique style, so different from western artists. A month ago my friend gave me a copy of Vasilisa the Beautiful published in 1965 in Russia, and its illustrations fascinated me. On Amazon, I found this title containing Russian tales beautifully illustrated by Bilibin. I wish it be hardcover rather than paperback, but otherwise it's a nice edition with great illustrations. The illustration quality looks pretty much the same as in the Russian book.
To acquire each of these tales individually or thru separate sources would cost you $25 or more so this compilation definitely fit the bill! I read two of the rarer folk tales "Schmat-Razum" and "The Frog-Tsareuna". Each had 3-4 detailed illustrations scattered throughout and a story sharing a common theme of tsars, quests beyond three times nine lands and magic rolling balls to lead the way. Like every good fable everything happened in "threes" which made me chuckle. Very good book and fairly priced!
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