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The Book Arts in Russia



There was in interesting article in the Business Section (of all places!) in
the Sunday The New York Times (9/5/99).  Under the title of "A Russian
Capitalist Abandons the Rat Race to Pursue a Lost Art," it told about Pytor
Suspitsyn, 35, who gave up his export-import business to start Rare Books of
St. Petersburg.  He and his staff of six have so far produced 19 titles in
editions of 5-30 copies that sell for $1,000-$5,000.

"Mr. Suspitsyn's Book of Psalms has a walnut cover with a brass engraving of
King David playing his lyre; the palm-sized editions of Shakespeare's sonnets
is bound in velvet; his editions of 'Antigone' in the original ancient Greek
of Sophocles is bound with ceramic covers showing the heroine's head cracked
like a dinner plate."

The "New York library" bought a copy of one of his books, a prose retelling
of an unsigned 17th-centrury Russian epic.

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