This item (Set B) consists of nine 1952 Prints from a Russian Anniversary Edition of Nikolai Gogol Stories (Volume I), including a well-known portrait of the author by neoclassical painter Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov and eight illustrations believed to be by Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov(1893-1972), a socialist realist painter. Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) was a Russian/Ukrainian novelist, short story writer and playwright. He was one of the first to use the technique of the grotesque in stories such as "The Nose," "The Overcoat" and "Diary of a Madman." He is also known for such works as Dead Souls and The Government Inspector, which satirized Imperial Russia, and for Taras Bulba, which is set on the Ukrainian Steppe and follows the exploits of an aging Cossack and his two sons. It is not known which stories these prints illustrate. Each color image measures 5.5" high by 3.75" wide (except for the portrait which is a 4.5" high by 4" oval) and has been printed on an 8" high by 5" wide piece of off-white glossy paper. Colors vary from stark blacks, whites and grays ( a group of gathered men and a snow scene) to pink, green and gold pastels (a man falling and two men walking among the geese) to vibrant reds, yellows and greens (dancers and a fight scene). The captions are printed in Russian in a deep gray type. These 1952 Prints from a Russian Anniversary Edition of Nikolai Gogol Stories are in Very Good condition.