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Prazdnik [The holiday].

[1928]. Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo, [1928]. Quarto (28.5 × 22 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 16 pp. With seventeen large chromolithograph illustrations throughout. Small oval stamp of Marcel Bekus (“Ex-libris Marcel Bekus”). Light rust to staples, else very good or better.

Second edition (first published in 1927). Striking illustrations and simple verse convey the experience of small children during a citywide celebration of an unnamed holiday in Moscow, most likely the yearly May First Parade. State-organized mass celebrations were progressively more common throughout the 1920s and 1930s as the Soviet state created new rituals to replace the old religious and state holidays. A parade with banners, posters, and music is emphasized here over the specific holiday. The illustrator, Anna Kazimirovna Borovskaia (1901–1984) was a poster artist and illustrator of children’s books, games and postcards. She studied at VKhUTEMAS (1924–1929) and her illustrations and posters are stylistically close to the works of OST artists (Obshchestvo stankistov, or Society of Easel Painters). Borovskaia used a subdued palette, stylized and simplified drawing, resorted to generalizing the form combining modernist and realist tendencies. The illustrations for this book combine darker hues with bright layers of red and blue. Olga Gur'ian (1899–1974) was a prolific children’s author who published over fifty books in her long writing career. Not in the Lur'e collection (Kniga dlia detei 1881–1939, Moscow: ULEI, 2009). This copy from the library of Marcel Bekus (1888–1939), the Polish-born Russian revolutionary and veteran of the 1905 Revolution in Russia. Bekus built a famous collection of books related to the revolutionary and socialist movement, but also the sciences, which was later dispersed. KVK and OCLC show copies of the second edition at Columbia, Penn, Cambridge (first edition held only by the Russian State Library).

Book ID: P6045

Price: $1,650.00