Best illustrations for Russian tales

I just read that “Vasilisa the Beautiful” was published in a new edition for English speakers to enjoy. I remember this tale since the time when I could not read. We had a beautiful book of Russian fairy tales (in Russian, of course, issued by a Soviet publishing house) in memory of a famous old Russia artist Ivan Bilibin, who had illustrated a set of Russian tales in 19-th century. It was a beautiful edition, printed like a series of separate books, each for its tale, bound into a beautiful carton box, also illustrated by Bilibin. Now, looking at those illustrations brings up very sweet memories. The tales were great, all of them, but I was very impressed by the illustrations. My mind image of old Russia was just like those illustrations. I remember looking through those books numerous times, even when I became a teenager.

Bilibin's illustration

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