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Mavrina, Tatiana

Fairy Tale Alphabet. Signed by the artist.

Fairy Tale Alphabet. Signed by the artist.

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Mavrina, T. [Fairy Tale Alphabet]. Skazochnaya Azbuka. 

Moskva, Glavnoe upravlenie “Goznak”, 1969.
Oblong 4to, [40] pp., ill.

In original illustrated wrappers and illustrated dust jacket. 
In good condition, lightly rubbed to dust jacket, with minimal repair to dj, minor tears to spine.

Signed and inscribed by the illustrator: 'Dorogomu Yuriyu Nikolaevichu Polivanovu na pamyat' / T. Mavrina / 5.V.69' [To dear Yuriy Nikolaevich Polivanov to remember from T. Mavrina 5.V.69 ]. First edition. Large-sized edition.

Tatiana Lebedeva (1900/1902–1996), known by her pseudonym Mavrina, which she adopted from her mother's surname, studied under Robert Falk at VKhUTEMAS. In 1929, Mavrina joined 'Group 13', an association of graphic artists. The same year, her first children's book illustrations were published. Along with other Russian avant-garde artists, Mavrina turned to illustrating children's books in the 1930s as a way to avoid repression during the Stalin era. After World War II, Mavrina developed a unique style that combined the traditions of Russian primitivism with the painterly explorations of the early 20th century. She also traveled to ancient Russian cities to sketch, which she later incorporated into her book illustrations. Her illustrations for Russian folktales have become classics, and in 1976, Mavrina became the first Russian artist to win the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her illustrations of children's books. 
This ABC is considered one of the masterpieces of the artist and was produced by the printing and paper facilities of Goznak, which manufactures various security products including banknotes, coins, stamps, and publications of high artistic value. Gold and silver paints were used in the illustrations for this edition, which was commissioned by the Main Office of Goznak.
This book was signed to Yuriy Polivanov, an illustrator at Malysh publishing house and a collector of toys.

OCLC locates one copy of this edition only: in the Canadian War Museum Library.

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