(The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege

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On the centenary of his birth, Pushkin's  "small masterpiece" Oleg the Wise was illustrated by the Russian artist Vasnetsov, who had turned from genre and religious paintings to Russian myths and fairy tales.

The brave 10th c prince Oleg the Wise hears of his doom from a scornful wizard. Fearing the prophecy that his horse will bring about his death, Oleg sadly puts his beloved horse out to pasture, "Forget me not old friend. Farewell!" and he continues on with his brilliant career. Years later, he learns that his horse has died so that having followed the prophecy seems to have been useless. As he gently touches the horse's skull, a snake shoots out and poisons him. His companions sing the praise "of him whom death had brought to naught." A touching horse story in Pushkin's telling, as well as a philosophical hero tale, with a beautiful stocky white horse, long-maned with a knotted forelock.

Included is a 1988 full sized facsimile reproduction of the English translation booklet provided by Mme Pogosky's Depot for Russian Peasant Industries, and turned into English verse very early in his career by the poet Wilfred Wilson Gibson, with her title page and with a two page modern afterword by V. Golenishchev on Pushkin and on Vasnetsov's illustrations. (190th anniversary of Pushkin's birth)

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21905. (The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege
21905. (The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege
21905. (The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege
21905. (The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege
21905. (The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege
21905. (The Song of Wise Oleg.) Pesn o veschem Olege
(The Song of Wise Oleg) Pesn o veschem Olege
Pushkin. Aleksandr Sergeyevich
Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhailovich
St. Petersburg: Ekspeditsii Zagotovlenya Gosudarstvennykh Bumag 1899, distributed in London by Russian Peasant Industries, 41 Old Bond St.. The six sheets of this leporello or panorama are printed in heavy textured paper, the first and last intricately decorated sheets being two-sided (title page/first page and last page/publication data). The four single sided center pages are illustrated with large chromolithos of the deeply coloured watercolour illustrations with poetry below, the title page with black and red lettering and a fanciful gilded panel.. "Russian Peasant Industries, 41, Old Bond Street, London, W" is stamped on the center of the back page.
Children's Foreign Language Russian (toploader)
CONDITION: Good; no names or other marks, On the even, heavily foxed front a 1.5" surface pull tear affects the red and gilt capital; this foxing dims the first page. All corners are bumped to about half inch, the folds with little tears at ends to about 1/4" but otherwise strong and not rubbed; the back cover is lightly soiled but not foxed. The curled top margin has two half inch tears running through all pages and affecting the red margin commentary on inside pages: these have been professionally closed without tape and appear as creases. The four bright, clean illustrated pages of the story have clear, intense watercolours.
Control Number: 
21905