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Strides, Chichester, 30/ 31 July 2015
An amazing experience. Privilege to be there.

I am not, not, not doing this right now!!! I MUST get on with some other things... but MUST, just TWO (well... that's what I told myself. It is sort of just two.)

From a lovely pre-revolution Russian thing, auctioneer's description as follows...


ERNESTOVITCH (Ernest, Illustrator): 'Skazka O Lisichke Sestrichke I Volke..'; Moscow, G. E. Lissner, 1902. Folio, orig. chromolithographed covers highlighted in gold paper strip to spine as issued, some fairly light rubbing and dust marking, light spotting and some offsetting from the plates. Title translates into English as 'The Tale of Sister Fox & The Wolf'.

Very like the better known Ivan Bilibin. (Link will open in new tab, and is Bilibin's Wikipedia article.)

The "book" was more a magazine... one of a series about A4 size, celebrating various Russian folk tales. On lovely, heavy paper with nice color and texture the photos have entirely missed. SOft, with "grain". Not coated, hard, harsh.

On the left: A full page.

Below, detail of that page


And now just a tiny detail from the "frame" of another image in the book....


And now, with great regret, I really MUST turn to other things!... and I DID, for several hours. But then a Bad Person led me astray, and here I am back at editing this page.

It turns out that in The Tale of Sister Fox & The Wolf we meet a clever fox, and a wolf who generally gets the short end of the stick.

The story behind the picture at the top of the page is that Fox has been visiting a peasant cottage while some pancakes were being prepared, and fell into a barrel of wet pancake batter. (Barrel? Well that's what I was told!)

Wolf, meanwhile has had a bad time of it from the humans when he tried... on Fox's advice... to join them when they were fishing. He isn't best pleased, but Fox convinces him that she has had a worse time of it, and all this stuff on her face is her brains, thrashed out of her by the humans. It seems that many nations have an Uncle Remus!

I don't always have consistent results from links, but you can try this one, which had an extract from Jack V. Haney's An Anthology of Russian Folktales. The link may take you to an English translation of the tale, and should be safe to try, even if it doesn't get you what I hope.

At there was a review of Jack V. Haney's The Complete Folktales of A.N. Afanas'ev, of 2014. Snipped, that said...

"The folktales of A. N. Afanas'ev represent the largest single collection of folktales in any European language and perhaps in the world. Widely regarded as the Russian Grimm, Afanas'ev collected folktales from throughout the Russian Empire.... In his lifetime, Afanas'ev published more than 575 tales in his most popular and best known work, Narodnye russkie skazki... His works were subject to the strict censorship of ecclesiastical and state authorities that lasted until the demise of the Soviet Union."

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