MANDEL’SHTAM, Osip Emilievich (1891-1938), Vladimir Konstantinovich (1895-1969, illustrator). Kukhnia . [The Kitchen.] Moscow and St Petersburg: Raduga, 1926.

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Kukhnia is the best of four illustrated children’s books of verse produced by Mandel’shtam in 1925-26. Frequently found well-read, they are ‘now quite scarce – for the same reason that popular children’s books frequently fail to survive […] in the West’ (Martin). Kukhnia is one of the rarest. WorldCat lists just three copies outside of Russia, one of which at MoMA. MoMA 643, R. Eden Martin, ‘Collecting Mandel’shtam’, Caxtonian , 24 (2006), p. 8. Quarto (275 x 218mm). With colour illustrations throughout (slight toning, small light marginal water stain, few thumb marks, edges softened or frayed, upper outer corner of last leaf torn). In the original wrappers (covers rubbed, joints repaired, traces of glue to upper cover, lower cover soiled with child’s ink doodles).