6050. Russian Childrens' book Lebedev Morozhenoe 1925

LEBEDEV, VLADIMIR VASILEVICH (1891-1967) - MARSHAK, SAMUIL (1887-1964). Morozhenoe. (Ice Cream.). Moscow - St. Petersburg, Raduga, 1925.

4to. (ca 275x220 mm.). With 12 colour lithographs after Lebedev with text by Marshak. Original colour lithographed wrappers designed by V. V. Lebedev. Wrapper slightly soiled and with some wear, small tear near spine on lower wrapper, partly creased upper corner, owner's signature in blue pen on front wrapper (Inggärd Melander, Paris -25), occasional finger-soiling to text / plates.

First edition. Printed in 10.000 copies. The Russian Avant-Garde Book, p. 172. This tale is about a bourgeois capitalist who eats too much ice cream and freezes to death as a consequence.

Vladimir Vasil'evich Lebedev (1891-1967), Russian graphic artist, painter and illustrator who worked as an art editor for 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 realistic and never again exhibited as a painter.