Russian Matryoshka. By Larissa Soloviova and Marina Marder. Russia (Moscow): Interbook, 1993. 63 pages. In English. It's not easy to find a lot of information on Russian nestings dolls, particularly in book form. This volume does a nice job of balancing historical information on the regional production centers (Sergiev Posad, Nizhni Novgorod, Semenov, Polkhovsky Maidan and Vyatka plus some regional workshops) and the "author's matryoshka" phenomenon that had just begun to emerge. The photos are lavish and the text informative. The dual authorship of this book is attributed to the fact that Marder was an importer and wholesaler of Russian arts and crafts and had her name attached to it. (Her company that was headquartered in Wheeling, IL, no longer exists.)
Hardcover, printed boards. In brand new condition.