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    The Collection of Paul Gregory and Janet Gaynor

    IVAN IVANOVIC GOLIKOV (Russian, 1886-1937)
    Slovo o polku Igoreve Igorja cina Sut'slavja, vnuka Ol'gova (Story of Prince Igor, Son of Sutlavia, Grandson of Oleg), 1934
    Published by Academia, Moscow Written and illustrated by the Palekh master Ivan Golikov
    Translated from the Old Russian by V. Rzhygoj i S. Shambinogo
    Numbered in the colophon
    Title page stamped in purple ink below the date of publication: Printed in Soviet Union

    PROVENANCE:
    Collection of Adrian

    All plates are present in this rare and celebrated book which treats the subject of the battles of Prince Igor. The mounted full-page illustrations, brilliant decorative endpapers, rich illumination and stunning pictorial covers make this a coveted work of art.

    This volume contains the Old Russian text of "Slovo o Polku Igoreve (Host of Igor's Lay), one of the greatest literary masterpieces of Russia. The illustrator, I. I. Golikov, worked in the old artistic manner of the Palekh School, which is characterized by an ornate style that usually utilized bright primary colors (especially red) against a shiny black background. It was the same technique employed to decorate lacquer boxes with fairy tale motifs, which are popular to this day.


    Condition Report*: The volume is complete and missing no plates or pages. Binding is tight and slightly cocked. There is some smoke damage to the perimeter of the endpapers and some of the earlier pages in the book (the book was fortunately rescued from a fire at teh Gaybor-Gregory home in Palm Springs). There is some minor loss and abrasion to the back cover, very minor water stains on a couple pages, and a 1 inch loos to top of the cloth spine. Books is hardbound in brown cloth with printed paper covers (illustrated) adhered to the cloth as published.  
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    March, 2011
    20th Sunday
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