[Leningrad]: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo, 1928. Item #1930
24 pp.: ill. 17,5x13,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Tear of spine, small stains occasionally, blank fragment of last page lost, stamp of private library on p.1, otherwise very good.
Design was created by Tatiana Shishmareva (1905-1994). She studied at the archaeological faculty of Petrograd University (1923-1924) and attended private art studios. Among her mentors in painting were N. Radlov, M. Dobuzhinsky, A. Savinov. Since 1926 she worked in Detgiz with V. Lebedev, V. Konashevich, N. Tyrsa, N. Lapshin, then at the Lenfilm film studio with early Soviet animated film designers in 1932-1934. Contributing to various publishing houses, Shishmareva designed and illustrated lots of Soviet books. For this book she created three full-page black and white illustrations and the cover design. Chosen a quite realistic style for the front cover, she followed constructivist principles working on the back one. In the 1920s, the back cover became as essential as the front one. Artists frequently
expanded one image or composition on both of them or placed something interesting on the back cover as a final accord. In this particular case, a story is about children who found a hedgehog in their new house and Shishmareva depicted one of the girls on the front cover. Unlike it, the back cover shows close-up drawings of a rat and a hedgehog, making parallels and being turned to one side. This is reminiscent of children’s books from the Raduga publishing house of the 1920s.
Not in Worldcat.