[SOVIET COMPILATION OF ZULU TALES] Skazki Zulu: Izinganekwane. Ills. by Nikolai Alexeyevich Ushin (1898-1942). (Iaziki i Literatura Afriki I). [i.e. Zulu tales].
Comp. by I. L. SNEGIREVA,
Izdatelstvo Akademii NAUK, Leningrad, 1937.
First Edition of a first comprehensive compilation of Zulu tales in the Soviet Union, printed as the first book of the African Literature Series. The book contains 43 selected tales of Zulus, with an index and "with an introductory article, translated and annotated by I. L. Snegireva ; illustrations by N.A. Ushina [OCLC]". Nikolai Alexeyevich Ushin (1898-1942) was a Soviet graphic artist, theatre designer, and book illustrator. In the 1920s Ushin began designing theatrical decorations for scenic performances. He creatively adapted the themes of medieval Russian painting and Palekh miniature. Ushin in particular illustrated the Russian translation of One Thousand and One Nights published in eight volumes by Academia. His illustrations for One Thousand and One Nights were awarded a gold medal at the 1937 Paris Exposition. Ushin also made lithographs and bookplates.
Original orange cloth bdg. The illustration depicted hunting Zulus between the titles of Cyrillic and Latin ones. Demy 8vo. (22,5 x 15 cm). Text is completely Russian. Faded on cloth. Otherwise a good copy. [iii], 246,  p., 10 color plates and unnumbered many illustrations (b/w and color). OCLC 869825603 / 28384126.