Berlin: Knigoistavel'stvo Neva, 1922. Folio (32 × 24.5 cm). Original decorative quarter-cloth by Vasilii Masiutin; 39,  pp. Frontis and title printed in black and red. Eight full-page woodcut illustrations by Masiutin. Good or better; soil to front board two leaves lightly creased to lower corner.
Scarce illustrated edition of Alexander Pushkin's famous narrative poem. Masiutin (1884-1955, also Masjutin), whose work blended symbolism, the grotesque, and even surrealism, was occasionally referred to as the Russian Goya. He was active in a range of media, including lithograph and woodcut, as well as producing original drawings and paintings. After 1921, he emigrated and settled in Berlin, where he collaborated with numerous Russian emigre publishers, such as "Neva" and "Gelikon," as well as illustrating many German translations of Russian classics. While largely unknown in Russia until recently, he is now being rediscovered an increasingly the subject of exhibitions and publications.
Book ID: P5077