Paris: self-published, 1984. Small octavo (17 × 13 cm). Staple-stitched printed wrappers; 9,  pp. Letterpress with decorative initials on variously colored paper stock, with numerous original linocut illustrations. A very good copy. Item #3390
Volume four of this important set of artist's books by the Russian graphic designer, painter and portraitist Nikolai Dronnikov (born 1930), who emigrated from Moscow to Paris in 1972. A solitary figure, Dronnikov is most famous for his portraits of various members of the Russian emigration. He has also created over forty fine press books in small print runs, incorporating original lithographs, paper of various sorts and textures, and hand-set type. While his paintings have garnered some recognition in his homeland, Russians are still discovering Dronnikov's oeuvre of handmade artist's books, which were first shown in a standalone exhibition in St. Petersburg in March 2012. His Statistics is a challenging six-volume meditation on the state of Russia's development before the October Revolution, based on information that was ignored or supressed by the Bolsheviks. Through careful juxtaposition of images, emblems, and innovatively set type, Dronnikov's litany of statistical data and contemporary newspaper articles, interspersed with his occasional commentary, balances elegeiac notes with hints of irony. No. 171 of 400 copies.