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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. First Serbo-Croatian edition.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. First Serbo-Croatian edition.

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Carroll, Lewis [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]. Alisa u Carobnoj Zemlji.

Retold by Stanislav Vinaver. 
Illustrations by E.J.C.  

Beograd, Vreme, 1923. 
8vo, [4], 172 pp., [3] l.ill. 

In original light red boards with color illustration mounted on front board. 
Near very good condition, very light overall wear. 

First Serbo-Croatian edition. Very rare.

The translation was undertaken by Stanislav Vinaver (1891-1955), a Serbian writer, poet, translator, and journalist recognized as one of the key figures of the Serbian and Yugoslav literary avant-garde. Notably, Vinaver is believed to be the sole Serbian translator who endeavored to replace Carroll’s parodies with suitable parodies of Serbian children's poems. It is noteworthy that this translation was released in the same year as Vladimir Nabokov’s Russian translation, which was published in Berlin.
Vinaver studied at the Sorbonne and, following the Great War, briefly served at the Ministry of Education of the newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia). During the 1930s, Vinaver held positions at Radio Belgrade and was appointed head of Yugoslavia's central press bureau. He is also featured in Rebecca West's acclaimed 1941 travel guide 'Black Lamb and Grey Falcon', appearing under the pseudonym Constantine. With the outbreak of World War II, he was captured by the Germans and interned at a prisoner-of-war camp near Osnabrück. Upon his return to Yugoslavia after the war, Vinaver's works were ostracized due to his  modernist style. 
Illustrations for this book were created by the female painter and graphic artist Evgenija Gaganidze-Samonova (Andrich; 1903-1943?). Born in the Russian Empire into the family of an officer and sculptor Pyotr Samonov, she studied at the Kiev Academy of Arts under Georgy Narbut and later at the Academy Giurilienne in Paris. Samonova emigrated to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, where in 1930 she held a solo exhibition at the Cvijeta Zuzoric Gallery in Belgrade.

From the Collection of Stephen and Nancy Farber.

OCLC locates four copies of this edition: in the Harvard University Library, the Morgan Library, the University of Texas Library and in the National and University Library of Slovenia. 

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