Item #82 [ARMENIAN CLASSICS] Shunn u katun [i.e. The Dog and the Cat]. Ovanes Tumanyan.
[ARMENIAN CLASSICS] Shunn u katun [i.e. The Dog and the Cat]

[ARMENIAN CLASSICS] Shunn u katun [i.e. The Dog and the Cat]

Erevan: Divsterdik lithography, 1908. Item #82

[8] p. 26x19 cm. Lithographed edition, illustrated throughout by G.Eritsyan. In illustrated publisher's wrappers. The pages are detached from each other, bruisings of the wrappers, small bits of wrappers missing.
Very rare first edition of Tumanyan’s fairy tale. Ovanes Tumanyan (1869-1923) was the first armenian author of children’s stories of the time. Books like this are considered the classics, ‘Shunn and katun’ was reprinted several times afterwards.

The translation of this fairy-tale to Russian was done by Vladislav Khodasevich. Three cartoons (1938, 1955, 1975) were based on this story.

Tumanyan is known as the founder of the literary circle ‘Vernatun’ (founded in 1899 in Tbilisi) which united the prominent Armenian writers of the time. During the years of genocide he helped a lot of Armenians for what he was awarded the title ‘The poet of all Armenians’.


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