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Soniashnyi promin': povist' [The sun ray: a tale].

L'viv: Nakladom knyharni naukovoho tov. im. Shevchenka, 1924. Octavo (21.3 × 14.2 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 128 pp. Good or better; wear to spine extremities; closed tear to rear wrapper; pencil gift inscription to first page; old stamp "Printed in Poland" to front wrapper.

Second edition of this novella by Hrinchenko (1863–1910), a prominent Ukrainian linguist, ethnographer, writer, and public figure, who was influential in promoting Ukrainian in schools in the Kharkiv and Katerynoslav regions, and authored some of the first Ukrainian-language textbooks. His prose "depicted Ukrainian peasant life while raising urgent social questions, the attitude of the intelligentsia to the peasantry, the education and denationalization of the rural population, and the relation between nationalism and radicalism or socialism" (See the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine).

The illustrator, Pavlo Kovzhun, was a Ukrainian avant-garde graphic artist and illustrator, and one of the organizers of the Association of Independent Ukrainian Artists. He began as a Futurist, transitioned toward a combination of constructivism with elements of the classical and the folkloric in the 1920s.

As of October 2022, show five copies, all in North America.

Book ID: 52448

Price: $350.00