Michael Yur'evich Lermontov. A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov. Translated by John Cournos. With decorations by Paul Nash. Imperial 8vo, pp.[iv],32, The Aquila Press, Kensington, 1929.
Number 118 of 750 copies printed in black and Venetian red in black-letter on grey Maillol handmade paper. Illustrated with four abstract woodcuts by Paul Nash, printed in the same colours, with a matching binding likewise designed by Nash, of full natural Niger morocco with cream and black inlays and blind tooling. Some slight discolouration to endpapers, head and tail of spine just a little rubbed. Generally, very little of the wear and soiling usually associated with this attractive but ultimately unsuccessful binding. A very good copy.
These wood engravings, which are some of the last that Paul Nash made, are amongt his most geometric and abstract,