A Book About Stars And Planets

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Author: Yefrem Levitan
Title: A Book About Stars And Planets To Be Read To Children
Publisher: RadugaIMG_0240
Year of publication: 1986
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator: Sergei Sosinsky
Place of purchase: Calcutta
Ownership: Firsthand, Gift
General comments: Hardback, with illustrations by Sergei Alimov. Featuring a space-travelling wizard who is summoned by a father to explain astronomical phenomena to two children. This was a long-lost book that I recently retrieved from my collection to pass on to my niece. She turned seven this April.
Transcription of inscription:
To Toobri,
for the funway of learning-
Baba & Ma.
Cal. Book Fair 2002
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

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L to R above: Title page, recto, and copyright page, backing verso. Not a spread, but presented in this way to demonstrate the continuity of design.

Ukrainian Folk Tales

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Title: Ukrainian Folk Tales FullSizeRender (1)
Publisher: Dnipro
Year of publication: 1986
Place of publication: Kiev
Translator: Irina Zheleznova
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: Purchased at the secondhand book market, Golpark. Hardback. Illustrated by Yuli Kryha.
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
[cover] Roop Mukherjee

[short title page] To
Roop Mukherjee
Presented by
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5.9.88.
Submitted by: Sanjukta Roy

The Adventures of Dennis

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Author: Victor Dragunsky      FullSizeRender (1)
Title: The Adventures of Dennis
Publisher: Raduga
Year of publication: 1985
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator: Fainna Glagoleva
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 100
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: Purchased at a secondhand book stall in Golpark. Hardback, yellow boards with illustration, 240 p. ISBN 5-05-000038-6. Designed by Yuri Ivanov. FullSizeRender (2)
I have included pictures of an illustrated page and of the illustrated endpapers featuring the titular Dennis. Few things about a book make me as happy as beautiful endpapers, and Soviet publications usually have excellent examples of this.
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
[with underline flourish] Arnab Ghosh

To
My Dear ‘Montai’
from – ‘Ma’
10.4.1991
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman
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My Animal Book

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Author: Yevgeny Charushin IMG_6719
Title: My Animal Book
Publisher: Progress
Year of publication: 1980
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator: Olga Shartse
Place of purchase: Golpark
Purchase cost: Rupees 50
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Purchased in bulk from Golpark. Since this is among the thicker volumes, let’s say the price would be around Rs. 50. Illustrations by Nikita Charushin.
Transcription of inscription:
Baishakhi Pal
Subhankar Pal

Happy Birthday
to Tulee,
Moudidi 1981.
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

The Twelve Months: Fairy Tales by Soviet Writers

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Title:  The Twelve Months: Fairy Tales by Soviet Writers
Publisher: Raduga
Year of publication: 1984
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator(s): James Riordan and others
Place of purchase: Golpark
Purchase cost: Rupees 50 (approx)
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Purchased from Golpark along with a number of other Russian children’s books in translation. Hard to tell the price of each, because I picked up all seven that were available and paid Rs. 250 for the lot.
Transcription of inscription:
[stamp] Sulakshana Dutta

সোমাকে
জেঠি
(‘To Soma,
Jetthi’ [aunt on father’s side])
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

Echo of the Green Mountains

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Authors/Translators: Serhiy Vladov and Mary Skrypnyk
Title:  Echo of the Green Mountains: Ukrainian Folk Tales
Publisher: Dnipro Publishers    WP_20151220_003
Year of publication: 1988
Place of publication: Kiev
Ownership: Not in possession
General comments: This copy was spotted and hastily photographed at the Golpark secondhand book market in Kolkata by two members of the Endpapers team, not leaving time to jot down every bibliographic detail firsthand. According to Worldcat, the illustrator is Nadiya Ponomarenko. There is a famous history of Soviet publications making their way to India, with many issues translated into regional languages. Books for younger readers were usually beautifully illustrated.
Transcription of inscription:
This book is belong to Babita Thakur

HADLE WITH CARE
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman