Erevan: Pethrat, 1931. Octavo (17.8 × 12.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 153,  pp. Russian translation of title and publisher to rear wrappers. About very good; very minor wear to wrappers.
First edition of this book of short stories by Arak's (real name Arak's Avetisyan, 1903-1978), a female journalist and writer, including the author of many children's books. With an appealing wrapper design by Tajat Khachvanqyan (also spelled Tachat Khachvankian, e.g. Տաճատ Խաչվանքյան, 1896-1940, the painter and graphic artist. The National Gallery of Armenia holds the original design for this cover. Khachvankian was the subject of a recent monograph, which shed light on his work and fate (he fell victim to the Stalinist purges in 1940) for the first time. Along with Yegishe Charents, Hakob Kojoyan, and V. Feltki, Khachvankyan was one of the most prominent and important Armenian avant-garde artists active in the interwar period. See: Artur Avakyan, Khudozhnik Tachat Khachvankyan (Erevan, 2007). Rare; as of February 2020, KVK and OCLC only trace the 1973 reprint of this work.
Book ID: 50590