published during the Siege of Leningrad
[RUSSIAN] ANDERSEN, H.C. (author). Vladimir KONASHEVICH (illustrator). Skazki [Fairy Tales]. [Leningrad; State Publishing House of Literature.] 1943.
Royal 8vo. Original pink wrappers pictorially decorated in lilac and black, lettered in black to spine, decorative grey endpapers; pp. [ii], 3-209 + [ii]; with pictorial title in blue and black and a host of black-and-white illustrations throughout, after engravings, including full-page plates; a very good copy, priced 10 pyó to lower cover; externally dust-soiled and rubbed with some edge and corner wear and light crease to bottom forecorner of upper cover, internally generally very good with sporadic light foxing and a couple of previous owners' names in blue to title, dated 1944; very scarce.
A Russian wartime publication published in Leningrad during the Siege (8 Sept 1941-27 Jan 1944) and thus printed on inferior stock. A collection of Hans Andersen's fairy tales. Translated from the colophon: "This book has been prepared for printing by children". The editor is given as F. Krichevskaya. Signed for publication on 25th of the 9th 1943. The circulation is given as 30,000 but this figure should be regarded with a degree of scepticism.