The Firebird by Luděk Maňásek

Another treasure discovered in a second-hand bookshop:  The Firebird illustrated by Luděk Maňásek.    I could find out very little about him apart from the fact that he studied in Prague. I guess these must be lithographs.  The lines are soft and delicate,  almost furry:

The hero, Prince Ivan setting out on his quest to find the Princess Vasilissa.

Along the way, he helps various creatures, including some orphaned baby birds:

He captures the fabulous firebird:

And here is his bride to be, the Princess Vasilissa, “daughter of three mothers, darling of three grandmothers, sister of nine brothers.”

The firebird helps Prince Ivan to overcome the Deathless Magician Kostchei and his monsters:

The prince and princess returning home:

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pavinee
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 10:24:51

    Beautiful. 🙂 Love the color combination.

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