Alexander Alexeieff, color wood engraving for Pushkin's The Queen of Spades, 1923
This is the first guest post by Richard Sica, a colleague and an enthusiastic book collector for the past 35 years. Richard provides some details
The images are color wood engravings (very unusual for Alexeieff). The copy of the book is copy roman numeral I, printed on Japan Vellum (this copy is I of XXXV not for sale) and contains an extra set of the illustrations. The binding is full black vellum-gilt stamped. I believe he only worked in wood engraving for a short time as the majority of his books are etching and aquatint. However, the compositions and stylized figures are something he retains over the course of his illustrated work.
I hope to do many more posts with Richard. On Tuesday I'll be posting his scans of Alexeieff's work for "Fall of the House of Usher." (And on Monday, I'll be posting my own scans of E. McKnight's Kauffer's Poe illustrations.)
Info on the artist can be found in my previous post: Russian Fairy Tales from A. A.