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Chukovskiy, Korney

Sandwich. The only edition with these illustrations.

Sandwich. The only edition with these illustrations.

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Chukovskiy, K. [Sandwich: Verses]. Buterbrod.

Illustrations by M. Klyachko and F. Zbarsky.

Moskva, Izdatel'stvo Detskiy mir, 1961. 
8vo, [20] pp.incl.wr., ill.

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

First edition. The only edition with these illustrations. 

The verses in the book were designed by two book artists: Felix-Lev Zbarsky (1931-2016) and Mark Klyachko (1924-2000).
Zbarsky, who studied at the Moscow Polygraphic Institute, gained recognition for his designs in works such as Yury Olesha's 'Selected Works' and Yves Montand's 'Memoirs' in 1956. Sergei Dovlatov, a writer, credited Zbarsky's drawings as the beginning of the Khrushchev Thaw for him. Zbarsky also worked as a production designer at an animation studio. In 1972, he emigrated to Israel and later to the USA.
Klyachko studied at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow and is renowned for his illustrations in the Russian edition of Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea' (1974).
The book's avant-garde style in its design received criticism, which was one of the reasons for the reorganization of the publishing house.
The book was part of the children's collection owned by 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), which faced severe criticism from Nikita Khrushchev. This event marked the end of the period known as the Khrushchev Thaw.

OCLC locates one copy of this edition only: in the Stanford University Library.

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