(London): The Golden Cockerel Press, . Gibbings, Robert. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 35 of 100, with prospectus, twenty-fourmo size, 23 pp., signed by the translator. Near fine. Item #18041724
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837) was an esteemed Russian poet and novelist considered the founder of modern Russian literature; "The Tale of the Golden Cockerel" is the last fairy tale in verse that he wrote. While not based on any specific fairy tale, this poem is a charming tale of a Tsar and a golden cockerel, written in Pushkin's elegent and captivating lyrical style.
This delightful book is printed by The Golden Cockerel Press, whose name is taken from the title of the poem, in honour of the centenary of Pushkin's death, with gorgeous binding in cloth of gold by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, one of the most important English bookbinding companies known for luxurious bindings using real gold and jewels. Included also are four wood engravings by Robert Gibbings (1889-1958), whose illustrations offer a lovely depiction of the text, in contrasting black-and-white with delicate linework. Housed in a beautiful custom leather clamshell box, with the publisher's prospectus.
___DESCRIPTION: Full Brocade gold cloth with red geometric patterns, brown leather spine label with gilt lettering, all edges gilt, title page with a wood engraving of a golden cockerel by Robert Gibbings in gold with gold flocking, four wood engravings total by Gibbings throughout; Caslon's Old Face type, twenty-fourmo size (5.25" by 4"), pagination: [1-2] 3-22 , number 35 of 100 limited edition copies (plus an unlimited trade edition), signed by the translator Hannah Waller on the colophon. In a custom leather clamshell box, quarter light brown leather with cream-coloured leather boards, five raised bands and gilt lettering on the spine, with silk moire inner lining and tray to hold the book, with ribbon. Loosely laid in is the publisher's prospectus, with Gibbing's black-and-white wood engraving which mirrors the book's title page on the front and description of the book on the back, including the pricing (the special edition was offered for 1 1/2 gns).
__CONDITION: Volume is just about fine, with straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; top corners are very slightly rubbed, and there is the faintest hint of soiling to the binding. The custom box is fine, strong and sturdy, clean overall, without wear; the bottom corners are gently bumped, else fine. The prospectus is fine, clean and without creasing or wear.
___CITATION: Pertelote #115.
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