Мишкины соседи [Little Bear’s neighbours].

Moscow, VLKSM Izdatelstvo Detskoi Literaturi, 1936.

4to, pp. 24, including the original decorative paper wrappers, in full colour throughout, wire-sewn as issued, a few small marks, still very good, spine very lightly worn.

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First edition. A very nice copy of this collection of verses for young children, composed by one of the most prolific Soviet children’s poets, and illustrated by one of the most prolific of Soviet children’s artists. The tales tell of the lives of a selection of farm and wild animals, including a calf, a foal, a fox, a wolf-cub and the little bear of the title.

Zinaida Aleksandrova was the author of around seventy poetical works for children, many of which were repeatedly republished, or turned into songs. Dmitry Gorlov was a celebrated Soviet sculptor, graphic artist and animal painter. He worked as an illustrator of children’s books from 1922 onwards, eventually going on to work as a ceramic designer from the famous Dmitrov factory in Gzhel.

Rare. Worldcat finds only a single copy, at Chicago.

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