Signed and numbered by artist on colophon. 2/50. Octavo. 74 (3)pp. Original vellum with stamped illustration on cover and gilt lettering on spine. Gilt top-edge. Decorative endpapers. Illustrated title page. Exquisite German edition of "The Queen of Spades," a delightful short story by Alexander Pushkin about the insatiable greed for riches. Pushkin wrote the story in the autumn of 1833 in Boldino. It was first published in the literary magazine Biblioteka dlya chteniya in March 1834. The character of the Countess was inspired by Princess Natalya Petrovna Galitzine (Princesse Moustache). The story was the basis of the operas The Queen of Spades (1890) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, La dame de pique (1850) by Fromental Halévy and Pique Dame (1865) by Franz von Suppé (the overture to the Suppé work is all that remains in today's repertoire). This limited edition (No. 2/50) is exquisitely illustrated with numerous b/w and hand-colored drawings by the artist Mark Kallin, some full page. Block partially uncut. Text in German, Gothic script. Some rubbing along edges of binding. Cover boards slightly bent. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Pique Dame [SIGNED BY ARTIST]
Publication Date: 1920
Edition: Limited edition.
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