Item #1823 [CHILDREN’S LITERATURE WITHOUT IDEOLOGY] Kroshki sorokonozhki [i.e. Tiny Centipedes]. V. Inber, V., Tipot.
[CHILDREN’S LITERATURE WITHOUT IDEOLOGY] Kroshki sorokonozhki [i.e. Tiny Centipedes]
[CHILDREN’S LITERATURE WITHOUT IDEOLOGY] Kroshki sorokonozhki [i.e. Tiny Centipedes]
[CHILDREN’S LITERATURE WITHOUT IDEOLOGY] Kroshki sorokonozhki [i.e. Tiny Centipedes]
[CHILDREN’S LITERATURE WITHOUT IDEOLOGY] Kroshki sorokonozhki [i.e. Tiny Centipedes]
[CHILDREN’S LITERATURE WITHOUT IDEOLOGY] Kroshki sorokonozhki [i.e. Tiny Centipedes]

[CHILDREN’S LITERATURE WITHOUT IDEOLOGY] Kroshki sorokonozhki [i.e. Tiny Centipedes]

Leningrad; Moscow: Raduga, 1925. Item #1823

16 pp.: ill. 28,5x22 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Rubbed and bumped, spine and back cover restored, soiling occasionally, stamp of book collector Lev Turchinskii on t.p., otherwise very good.

First edition. One of 10000 copies. Rare as other original Raduga editions.
An early Soviet children’s poem about a centipede family who counted the number of overshoes required for school.
Design was created by Soviet book illustrator and animation artist Vladislav Tvardovskii (1888-1942). He studied painting at the studio of Jean-Paul Laurens, then at Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts and Petrograd Institute of Civil Engineers. Since 1924, Tvardovskii contributed to designs of Raduga books. In the same time he began to work for the Sovkino film studio and his first silent animation film ‘Small Screw’ was released in 1927. Since 1934, Tvardovskii was employed as animator at the film factories “Lentekhfilm” and “Reklamfilm”.
The poem was co-written by poetess Vera Inber and playwright Viktor Tipot [pseudonym of Ginzburg]. For poetess Vera Inber (1890-1972), this publication was released in a rather safe period. She was a member of the Literary Center of Constructivists and made journalist trips abroad. Since 1927, being a distant relative of exiled Lev Trotsky, Inber tried to be more ideologically trustworthy and took on propaganda projects like a parade book on the White Sea-Baltic Canal.
In the early 1920s, one of her co-authors was Viktor Tipot (1893-1960). At that time they also co-produced the play ‘Blue Diamond’. He was rather a scriptwriter and playwright. Most likely, ‘Tiny Centipedes’ is his only children’s book. After the October Revolution, Tipot became known as the initiator of the theater of miniatures “Krot” (“Congregation of the Knights of the Sharp Theatre”). In 1924, together with David Gutman, he founded the Moscow Theater of Satire. For some time Tipot was its artistic director. In the late 1930s, together with Gutman, he founded the Moscow Theater of Miniatures.
The Raduga publishing house reprinted the book twice in the 1920s. In the late Soviet Union, the work was published with other illustrations and the name of Viktor Tipot was erased from the authorship for some reason.

Worldcat shows paper copies located in Princeton, California Universities, Amherst College, NYPL.

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