Shota Rustaveli. The knight in the Panther's skin
M.: Academia, 1936. Per. Georgian K. D. Balmont
Cover handmade genuine leather (shagreen)
Format 176х254 mm
Black-and-white and monochrome illustrations
"I sing about love Supreme – the ethereal and bezgrebelny..." – flowing words of the poem "the knight in the Panther's skin", singing romantic feelings, above which only friendship and devotion to the Motherland. The life of the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli is shrouded in mystery. A rare mention in the poem and national legends, the truth of which is questioned, is all that is known about this amazing master of metaphor. Paradoxically the absence of a national Georgian character on the pages of songs encounter of Eastern and Western culture. Arab kings and Princess, Turks and Europeans exist in a single reality. The characters meet in the fictional authors countries and travel to these States, which underscores the timeless Foundation of sublime feelings.
The poem "the knight in the Panther's skin" has long gone beyond the Georgian literature and is considered the pearl of the world of poetry. Profound and concise aphorisms Rustaveli interwoven with folklore and have become folk wisdom, despite the fact that the work was created over 800 years ago. Sonorous rhymes, striking metaphors, the strength and depth of passion, brilliant form of verse, preserved in translations into Russian language by K. Balmont, combined with gorgeous illustrations by the Hungarian painter M. Zichy. The publication also decorated with half titles, decorative frames, ornamental-story and colophons made by the master of book illustration B. Schwartz.
The present edition was issued in 1936, with a circulation of 10,000 copies by the publishing house "Academia", whose books are regarded as models of book art. The edition printed in the "Hostname" on wove paper with the use of bronze paint in the spirit of the best traditions of pre-revolutionary printers. Now it is a rarity, so dressed in a leather-bound, handmade, made with creative workshop "Lemartes".