[RUSSIAN]. [LEBEDEV, Vladimir] (illustrator). [Samuil MARSHAK] (author). Ljoeba DWORSON and Eliza HESS-BINGER (translators). De Reis Door Rusland [A Journey Through Russia]. Servire, Den Haag; Uitgegeven door "De Baanbreker" .
Large square 8vo. Original pictorial card covers, stapled; pp. , including covers; with lithographed plates throughout by Lebedev; a very good copy with some external dusting and toning, internally very fresh throughout with renewed staples and a little associated bleed.
First edition thus, translated from the original Russian into Dutch. The first edition was published by Raduga in Moscow in 1926 as "Bagazh" or "Luggage". Lebedev assumed the title 'King of the Children's Book' in the 1920s and became a pioneer in the field of juvenile book illustration largely due to his work with the prominent poet and translator Samuil Marshak with whom he collaborated on titles such as "Ice Cream", "Circus", "Moustached and Striped" and "Tale About A Foolish Mouse". The author Nikolai Punin, who wrote the first monograph on Lebedev, described him as one of the most important illustrators of the era, suggesting that he set a new standard and style in artwork for books for the young. Like many of his contemporary creatives and artists he eventually came up against official state censorship under Stalin. This book, together with "Het Vroolije Onweer"; "De Gouden Blaren"; "Dieren In Den Winter"; "Ben Ik 'T Nou, Of Ben Ik 'T Niet?" and "Volksrijmpjes" were issued to coincide with a large exhibition in The Hague organised to introduce their work to the Dutch public.