However, for me, the real appeal of this edition of Pushkins poem is the Art Deco illustrations by Ivan Bilibin. The colouring is perfect. When you look at many of these illustrations on-line, the colour is too 'clean', the whites too white, the Reds too Red, whereas in real life the colours, as printed by Progress Publishers (Moscow) have a real earthy quality, more in common with William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement than say the comic style of Herge.
If you wish to read a copy of the poem it can be found in all its glory here thanks to our friends at the Marxists Internet Archive.
"Then they all sat down to feast."
|A detail from the Cover|