Moscow: Ogonek, 1925. Item #1435
40 pp. 14,5x11 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Ink signature on front cover, otherwise very good.
The only work by the author that was adapted to Russian. The Ogonek book supplement #54 presented a work by French novelist and screenwriter Alexandre Arnoux (1884-1973). Small books, published by the Ogonek magazine, came out with printrun of 15-20 000 copies, but their real circle of readers was a lot more. Publications might become phenomenally popular.
An excellent cover design was created by artist Vladimir Kozlinskii (1891-1967). He was a founding member of Petrograd ROSTA Windows and used experience in linocut technique in poster production. He was an active contributor to satirical magazines ‘Krokodil’, ‘Bezbozhnik’, ‘Begemot’, ‘Krasnyi perets’, ‘Smekhach’, etc. This artwork is also a caricature combining photo and drawn elements and illustrating the text about a French king and his prime minister who invented execution by an electric chair.
The translation was undertaken by Ekaterina Balmont, one of the most literate women at the turn of the century who contributed to Sabashnikovy’s publishing business. Balmont is known for a great diversity of literary activity. In particular, she translated European literature, including contemporary French works. She continued this occupation in the 1920s as well.
Not found in Worldcat.