Vasilisa Prekrasnaja. (The Beautiful Vasilisa).
St. Petersburg: Staatsdruckerei, 1902. Large quarto, 12 pages. First edition, with eight chromolithograph illustrations in the text, four of which are full pages. The second of nine short fairy tale books illustrated by Russian master illustrator Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942), commissioned by the Department for the Production of State Documents. Bilibin studied with Ilya Repin in his city of birth, St. Petersburg. The images from Vasilisa were amongst his earliest, dated from 1899. Small closed tear, not affecting text, and some general light soiling to the printed wrappers. Separated at the spine, as usual, but complete and near very good copy of this stunning production. (Golynets).
Bilibin, Ivan Jakovlevic.