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Turgenev, Ivan

ルーヂン. [Rudin]. Cover by Varvara Bubnova

ルーヂン. [Rudin]. Cover by Varvara Bubnova

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ツルゲーネフ, イワン [Turgenev, Ivan] ルーヂン. [Rudin]. 

[Cover by Varvara Bubnova]

Tokyo, ナウカ, 昭和11 [1936].
8vo, [2], 6, 275, [2] pp.

In original illustrated wrappers.
In good condition, small losses at the spine, some faint browning, minor soiling at cover, top edge and some pages.

The cover design for this Turgenev's novel was created by the Russian-born painter and graphic artist Varvara Bubnova (1886-1983). Her mother was distantly related to the prominent poet Alexander Pushkin.
Varvara studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts under Nikolay Dubovskoy. In the early 1910s, she became a member of the "Youth Union" and participated in art exhibitions with Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, and David Burlyuk. Bubnova also worked for the Institute of Artistic Culture with, among others, Wassily Kandinsky, Robert Falk, Lyubov Popova, Varvara Stepanova, and Alexander Rodchenko.
In 1923 she moved to Japan and lived there until 1958. In Japan, Bubnova was mainly painting watercolors and lithographs. She was declared an undesirable alien in Japan in 1936 ("Rudin" was also published in 1936) and deported from Tokyo.
Bubnova's library and drawings burned after the attacks on Tokyo during WWII. In 1959 she returned to the USSR.
She was awarded the Japanese Order of the Precious Crown by the Japanese Emperor in 1982.

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