Polnoe Sobranie Basen I.A. Krylova
Krylov, Ivan Andreevich
This is a lovely, fragile, little (2¾ x 3½) book. It is slightly larger than what we might call a miniature. Its seller called it a pocket book, but it is certainly smaller than what the French would call a livre de poche. Its illustrations show some wit; it is a pity that they are so small! Notice, for example, the fanciful presentation of OF on 11. The black-and-white illustrations occur about every twenty pages in this book of 256 pages with an AI at the end. Their frequency seems to go down as one gets further into the book. They occur in diverse sizes and styles. Some are full-page illustrations, like that for FK on 37 or of the old woman waking up her two maids on 130. Some are smaller but still show a concern for detail, like the image of the old man planting a tree near three youths on 88. Most of the illustrations seem to be in this group. A small group of illustrations are small in size and rather sketchy, like GA on 54. It is fitting that I received this book from an eBay seller in Lithuania, since this book has travelled!
Izdanie F.A. Iogansona