RANSOME, Arthur (illustrator). The Soldier And Death. A Russian Folk Tale Told In English. New York; B.W. Huebesch, Inc., Publishers. 1922.
Small 8vo. Publisher's black cloth with large onlaid paper label in green and cream to upper board, edges untrimmed, in original letterpress dustwrapper; pp. [vi], 7-46, unopened, externally fine, internally clean with a little dusting to endpapers and a large but attractive engraved pictorial bookplate to inner upper cover, protected by an unusually good example of the scarce jacket, priced 75 cents to upper panel, with overall dust-soiling, some fraying along top edge, chips to corners and heel, fading and some light staining to spine, and a couple of short closed edge tears, now expertly repaired to the reverse with archival tissue-tape.
First U.S. edition in book form, and the first edition in hard covers. The U.K. printing of 1920 was issued in paper wrappers and surprisingly is distinctly more common than this edition in a jacket. Ransome acknowledged this as his favourite Russian tale. In 1913 Ransome had abandoned his first wife and daughter to travel to Russia to study its folklore publishing a collection of 21 stories as Old Peter's Russian Tales in 1916.