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Ukrainian Lithographed Children's Books

A collection of four children’s books with vibrant chromolithograph illustrations published by the children’s publishing house Ditvydav in Soviet Ukraine in the 1930s.

Averin, V[sevolod Grigorievich]. Tsikavi roslyny [Curious plants]. Odessa: Dytvydav, 1936. Large square octavo (25.5 × 22 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers with ten unnumbered leaves of chromolithograph illustrations printed to rectos only. Discrete paper restoration to spine and wrapper extremities. Very good. Second edition. Haidei 277.

Holovatyns’kyi. M[ykhailo Yakovych]. Gorod [Vegetable Garden]. Odessa: Dytvydav, 1936. Quarto (26 × 22 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers with ten unnumbered leaves of chromolithograph illustrations printed to rectos only. Discrete paper restoration to spine and wrapper extremities. Very good.

Holovatyns’kyi. M[ykhailo Yakovych]. Sad [The orchard]. Odessa: Dytvydav, 1936. Square octavo (24 × 22.5 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers with nine leaves of chromolithograph illustrations printed to rectos only. Discrete paper restoration to spine and wrapper extremities; partial loss to front wrapper with restoration; still about very good.

Holovatyns’kyi. M[ykhailo Yakovych]. Kvity [Flowers]. Odessa: Dytvydav, [1936?]. Large octavo (26 × 22.5 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers with nine unnumbered leaves of chromolithograph illustrations printed to rectos only. Discrete paper restoration to spine and wrapper extremities; else very good.

A collection of four children’s books with vibrant chromolithograph illustrations published by the children’s publishing house Ditvydav in Soviet Ukraine in the 1930s. Printed in Ukrainian with the use of the language increasingly rare into the 1930s, the books are full of images of ripe produce, beets, apples, watermelon, potatoes as well as wild vegetation. The illustrations read as somewhat eerie in their show of abundance, as they were published shortly after the man-made famine caused by the Soviet government in Ukraine (1932–1933), which claimed the lives of millions.

One of the books is by prolific Ukrainian graphic artist and illustrator Vsevolod Averin (1889–1946). A graduate of the Kharkiv State School of Art, he was a member of the Association of Artists of Red Ukraine (AKhKU) in 1926–1927. Author of over 300 book covers, 90 posters and thousands of illustrations, his work focused on animals and natural subjects. The item in this collection is a second edition of Tsikavi roslyni [Curious plants], which was also published in Georgian and Yiddish according to Worldcat. The three remaining books are by the Soviet film artist, and childen’s book illustrator Mikhail Golovatinskii (Holovatyns’kyi; 1896–1973). A graduate of the Kharkiv State School of Art (1922–1929), and a member of the Union of Modern Masters of Ukraine (1927–1932) he worked in children’s book design at Ditvydav until WWII, subsequently evacuating to Almaty to take up work at the film studios. Today he is best remembered as a film artist, involved in the making of films such as “Wait for me” (1943), “She defends the motherland” (1943) and “Two captains” (1955), among others.

Only one of these titles, Averin's "Tsikavi roslyny" is found in the catalog of an exhibition of 1930s Ukrainian children's books based on the holdings of the Pedagogical Museum of Ukraine (Ukrains'ka dytiacha literatura 1930-kh rokiv, katalog-putivnyk, Kyiv, ed. V. O. Haidei, 2019).

As of June 2022, none of the titles are found in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 52135

Price: $3,750.00