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The Cricket on the Hearth. Finely illustrated by A. Kravchenko.

The Cricket on the Hearth. Finely illustrated by A. Kravchenko.

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Dickens, Charles [The Cricket on the Hearth]. Sverchok na Pechi. 

[Translation by M. Shishmareva].
Woodcuts by A. Kravchenko.

Moskva-Leningrad, Gosudarstvennoe izdatelʹstvo, 1925.
16mo, 143,[1] pp., ill.

In original pictorial wrappers.
Near very good condition.

Finely illustrated edition of 'The Cricket on the Hearth' (1845) in Russian. One of 4 000 copies published.

Cover, vignettes, and five full-page woodcuts were created by graphic artist Aleksey Kravchenko (1889–1940), renowned as a master of woodcut. He studied at Simon Hollosy's art school in Munich and at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under Konstantin Korovin and Valentin Serov.
Russian artists first illustrated Dickens' works at the end of the 19th century. In the 1920s, a new generation of Russian graphic artists, known for their avant-garde approach, revisited Dickens and prepared illustrated editions of 'Great Expectations' (Mitrokhin and Budogoskii, 1929 and 1935), 'Hard Times' (Favorsky, 1933), and 'The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club' (Milashevskii, 1933). Aleksey Kravchenko was among the pioneers of this movement.
The translator's name is not specified in the book; however, the translation by Maria Shishmareva (1852–1939) is published here from the 7th volume of 'The Works of Charles Dickens' (1894).

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