New York: Izdatel’stvo imeni Chekhova, 1952. Octavo (19.5 × 14.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 419 pp. Very good, save for fading to spine.
First edition of this late novel by Aleksei Remizov (1877-1957), one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic Russian writers of the twentieth century, known for his complex ornamental narrative style, his fascination with the Russian oral tradition, a deep interest in dreams and the surreal, and his illustrations, which combine elements of calligraphy with folkloric themes. In 1921 he emigrated, eventually settling in Paris, where he spent the rest of his life in poverty and relative obscurity, in spite of his prolific output.
Book ID: P4411