[Bakhchysaray. Auto-lithographies]Simferopol: Krymizdat, 1927 Stock Code: 143791
Dramatic lithographs of the Bakhchysaray Palace.First and only edition of this locally produced, high quality pictorial souvenir of Bakhchysarai, the ancient capital of the Crimean Khanate. A sequence of evocative lithographs drawn direct to the stone by the noted theatrical designer N. N. Medovshchikov (1898-1988). This copy warmly inscribed by the author "to my kinsperson for the good memory"verso of the title page. Scarce, just two copies traced on WorldCat CUNY and Dickinson College.
The artist Nikolai Medovschikov, was best known as a stage designer, establishing himself as one of the leading provincial artists of the C20th. He studied in Nizhny Novgorod and at the Moscow Free Academy, afterwards working at theatres across Russia. From 1925 to 1928 he was at the Maxim Gorky Crimean State Theatre in Simferopol, at a time when following the declaration of the the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in 1921, efforts were being made to draw upon and reflect regional cultural influences. Subsequently he was based in Samara, Saratov, Smolensk and other regional capitals; from 1945 to 1954 he was chief designer of Volkov Theatre in Yaroslavl, and he was at the Gorky Theatre, Volgograd, 1957-1967. The album includes views of the famous Bakhchysaray Palace, built in the sixteenth century in traditional Crimean Tatar style, the architectural gem of Crimea and one of the best-known Muslim palaces in Europe, with images of the Harem building, the Fountain of Tears and the Golden Fountain, the Northern Gate; also of the Orta Cami and Tahtali-Jami mosques, and the mausolea in the Eski Yurt or old settlement. Highly atmospheric views with a dramatic quality that clearly draws on Medovshchikov's theatre work.
Folio (265 x 210mm). Lithographic title page, contents leaf and 14 plates, riginal sepia lithographed wrappers.
Title page with vignette of the Golden Fountain in the Khan's Palace, 14 lithographic views, all in shades of sepia.
Margins of the front panel of the wrappers restored, pale toning throughout, otherwise very good.
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