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Bird, Red Bird: Poems by Japanese Poets. Illustrated by May Miturich.

Bird, Red Bird: Poems by Japanese Poets. Illustrated by May Miturich.

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Bird, Red Bird: Poems by Japanese Poets]. Ptitsa, Ptitsa Krasnaya: Stikhi yaponskikh poetov.

Translation by Vera Markova.
Illustrations by M. Miturich.

Moskva, Izdatel'stvo Detskaya literatura, 1967.
8vo, 16 pp., ill.

In original illustrated wrappers.
Near very good condition, light wear to spine and wrapper edges, lightly browned cover, small stain to front cover.

This book features verses by renowned Japanese poets and children's songwriters Hakushū Kitahara, Yaso Saijō, Ujō Noguchi, Ichinose Kozō, Ryukō Kawaji, Sōji Momota, and Masao Ito. Many of these poets had their work published in the children's magazine 'Akai Tori' (The Red Bird), a pioneering publication in Japanese juvenile literature from 1918 to 1936.
Vera Markova (1907-1995) served as the translator from Japanese to Russian. She primarily translated verses, but also worked on some novellas by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. In 1993, she was honored with The Order of the Sacred Treasure for her contributions.
The book was illustrated 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, he received the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun for his artistic achievements.
The book was part of the children's collection of 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.

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