6049. Russian children's book Lebedev Ochota 1925

LEBEDEV, VLADIMIR VASILEVICH (1891-1967) - MARSHAK, SAMUIL (1887-1964). Ochota (The Hunt). (Leningrad) Raduga, 1925.

4to. (275x220 mm.). With 12 colour lithographs after Lebedev with text by Marshak. Original color lithographed wrappers designed by V. V. Lebedev. Wrapper soiled and partly worn, corners bumped, some spotting to lower wrapper, small loss to lower part of front wrapper, small tear to the side, owner's signature in blue pen on front wrapper (Inggärd Melander, Paris -25), damages to spine, some soiling and foxing to text / plates, minor tear to margins.

First edition. Printed in 10.000 copies.

Vladimir Vasil'evich Lebedev (1891-1967), Russian graphic artist, painter and illustrator who worked as an art editor of the state publishing house Gosizdat (later Detgiz) from 1924 to 1933. His creative collaboration with poet, author and translator Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak, who was editor-in-chief, brought together the innovative talents of two extraordinary artists. In 1937 Detgiz was closed down, and many of its authors and editors were arrested and sent to Gulags. Marshak and Lebedev survived; the first made a narrow escape to Moscow, while the latter changed his illustrative style to the realistic and never again exhibited as a painter.