Chapter 6. The 1929 Amsterdam exhibition of early Soviet children’s picturebooks

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This chapter presents an evidence-based reconstruction of the exhibition of Soviet-illustrated children’s books held in Amsterdam in April-May 1929. The children’s books on show were identified using contemporary sources, leading to a qualitative analysis that lists the books and their titles, illustrators, and prices, which indicate the books’ sizes. A quantitative statistical analysis of the books on show demonstrates an overrepresentation of the new Soviet picturebook, indicating that the importance of this special kind of children’s book was acknowledged by its contemporaries, as indeed is shown in the reception of the exhibition at that time.


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