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Berestov, Valentin

How to Find the Path: Fairy Tales. First edition.

How to Find the Path: Fairy Tales. First edition.

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Berestov, Valentin [How to Find the Path: Fairy Tales]. Kak Nayti Dorozhku: Skazki. 

Illustrations by M. Miturich.

Moskva, Detgiz, 1961. 
8vo, 14, [2] pp., ill.

In original pictorial wrappers.
Near very good condition, light wear to spine and wrapper edges, minor loss to spine, small owner mark to front cover.

First edition.

This book comprises three fairy tales. The first tale follows the adventures of children who find themselves lost in the forest and seek guidance from wild animals to locate a forester's house. The second tale revolves around a kite that engages in a quarrel with birds. The third tale explores the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly.
The illustrations for these stories were created by May Miturich (Miturich-Khlebnikov, 1925–2008), an artist who was the nephew of futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov and the son of avant-garde artist Vera Khlebnikova. Miturich studied at the Moscow Polygraphic Institute and later became a teacher there. In 2005, Miturich was honored with the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun.
The book was part of the children's collection belonging to Inna Shmeleva (1929-2020), an artist who studied under Ely Bielutin, the founder of The New Reality artistic academy. In 1962, Shmeleva participated in the 30th anniversary exhibition of the Moscow Union of Artists at the Central Exhibition Hall (Manège), an event that faced severe criticism from Nikita Khrushchev. This event marked the end of the period known as the Khrushchev Thaw.

OCLC locates two copies of this edition: in the Stanford University Library and the University of Oregon Library.

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