Kiev: 1917. Item #103
, 128 pp.: music. 8vo. Original publisher's wrappers. Lithographed edition. Spine rubbed with small tears, wrappers is unattached to the text, some creases to the covers.
First edition of the first collection. Scarce.
Lesya Ukrainka (1871-1913) was a Ukrainian writer, translator, civil activist. Besides poetry and journalism she was collecting folk music. This
part of her work was very fruitful and valuable for national science and
literature. Most of those folk songs she kept in her head. She first started
to remember them when she was just a girl. After her death in 1913 her
husband Kliment Kvitka published 225 songs which he collected from her music records made in 1907-1908. The second part came out in 1918. There are 18 groups of songs in this collection: spring games, dance songs, lullabies, songs to fairy tales, children songs, wedding songs, cossack songs, everyday, historic, Christmas songs etc.