Skazki Oskara Uail'da: dlia detei starshego vozrasta [Tales by Oscar Wilde: for older children]
Price: 650.00 EUR
Shanghai: Russkoe Knigoizdatel'stvo i Tipografiia; Izdanie Tovarishchestva, 1920. Octavo (20 × 12 cm). Original side-stitched pictorial wrappers; 72,  pp. illustrations. Good; text block lightly creased; crude tape repair to spine; lower right corner worn; internally clean and unmarked. Rare Russian-language edition containing four tales by Oscar Wilde, published by and for Russian exiles living in Shanghai, China, in an unspecified translation (but most likely by S. G. Zaimovskii). Due to the development of the Russian Far-Eastern Railroad, Russia had a strong presence in Northern China in the early twentieth-century, especially in Manchuria. After the October Revolution, both Harbin and Shanghai became home to tens of thousands of further immigrants who fled the Bolshevik regime. The works included in this volume are taken from Wilde's collections of tales "The Happy Prince and Other Tales" (1888) and "A House of Pomegranates" (1891): "The Selfish Giant," "The Happy Prince," "The Star-Child," and "The Young King." With five original illustrations, including cover design and vignettes on first page of each chapter (unsigned, but likely by a local Russian emigre artist active in China, judging from style and execution). KVK, OCLC show a single copy, at Waseda University Library, Tokyo.
- By This Author: Wilde, Oscar
- By This Publisher: Russkoe Knigoizdatel'stvo i Tipografiia; Izdanie Tovarishchestva