Tsirk zverei [A circus of animals].

Moscow: Izdanie Pervoi Obraztsovoi Tipografii, 1940. Octavo (25 × 17 cm). Original illustrated card boards, with a single-leaf leporello in [8] pp., printed to front only. Chromolithograph illustrations throughout. Owner inscription in blue ink to front board. Light soil to boards; very discreet repairs to leaf edges; small tears to folds. Still about very good. Item #6528

First edition of this scarce Russian leporello children's book. With vivid illustrations and simple verse, the book describes an action-packed evening at the circus. Printed shortly after the Stalinist Purges (1936-1938), it maintains a light, a-political tone, emphasizing fun and circus tricks with no mention of social issues typical for Soviet children’s books of the 1920s. The illustrations, which are front and center in this book, are surprisingly unattributed. Little is known of the author of the poem, Vasilii Galkin, who published a number of children’s books in the 1940s-1960s. Despite a large print run, Not in KVK, OCLC.

Price: €450.00