Haviland, Virginia / Danska, Herbert.
Favourite Fairy Tales Told In Russia. Retold from Russian Storytellers by Virginia Haviland. Illustrated by Herbert Danska.
London / Sydney / Toronto, The Bodley Head, 1967. 17 x 24cm. 88 pages, with colour illustrations throughout. Original clothbound hardcover with dustjacket. Some signs of wear to dustjacket, including minor paper loss to edges. Otherwise in good condition. Previous owner’s name on front free endpaper.
Virginia Haviland was the Head of the Children’s Book Section in the U.S. Library of Congress. Here, she collects together five fairy tales which have long been favourites of Russian children. The stories are simply retold from acknowledged sources. It is a rich and varied selection of old Russian tales that introduce many magical, memorable characters. A beautiful snow maiden comes to life — but what will happen when winter ends? Poor Vasilisa has to work like a slave for the evil Baba Yaga — will her magic doll be able to save her? Only a flying ship will win the hand of the Tsar’s daughter — how can the Fool ever build one? [From jacket notes]
Online Bookshop specialized in rare
and secondhand books.