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Perkins, Lucy Fitch

The Japanese Twins.

The Japanese Twins.

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Perkins, Lucy Fitch [The Japanese Twins]. Malenkie Iapontsy.  

Second edition. 
Translation from English by L. and Zh. Karavaev. 
With author’s illustrations. 
[Cover design by N. Zhivago].

Moskva, Posrednik, 1930. 
8vo, 75, [1] pp., [2] cat.pp., ill. 

In original pictorial wrappers.
In good condition, wrappers professionally restored, light overall wear, small owner stamp to front wrapper and title page ('N. Falev').

One of 7 000 copies printed.

Lucy Fitch Perkins (1865–1937), an American illustrator and writer of children's books, is renowned for the Twins series. Notably, for each book in the series, Perkins sought to interview individuals from the respective country to gain insights into their customs. This meticulous approach contributed to her selling more than 2 million copies of her books, making her the most profitable author for Houghton Mifflin Company.
The first Russian translation of 'The Japanese Twins' was published in Moscow in 1915 and saw four subsequent editions until the final one in 1930. 
The cover for this book was created by Nadezhda Zhivago (1875-1930?), a female children’s writer, translator, and book illustrator who had studied at the Stroganov School for Technical Drawing as well as in France and Germany. Despite Zhivago's emigration to the USA after the revolution, her drawing was selected for the book cover, possibly due to her previous collaboration with the prominent publisher Ivan Gorbunov-Posadov, who headed the 'Posrednik' publishing house. Gorbunov-Posadov issued Perkins's series of twins books, which attracted criticism in Soviet periodicals for their lack of ideological content and absence of references to revolutionary struggle. 'The Japanese Twins' faced particular scrutiny for its inclusion of Japanese religious traditions, which clashed with the atheistic stance of the new Soviet regime and disrupted anti-religious propaganda efforts.

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

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