Pryhody Iurchyka Kucheriavoho [The Adventures of Curly-Haired Yurchyk]. Volodymyr Radzykevych.
Pryhody Iurchyka Kucheriavoho [The Adventures of Curly-Haired Yurchyk]

Pryhody Iurchyka Kucheriavoho [The Adventures of Curly-Haired Yurchyk]

Augsburg: Nakladom gurtivni paperu, 1948. Kurylas, Osyp (illustrator); Gordynskyi, S. (cover illustrator). Original illustrated wrappers. Good condition. Item #162

Octavo (15 x 21 cm). 41 pages: illustrations. Text in Ukrainian. Pencil inscription "Markus Oksana" to endpaper. Some wear and chip to spine. Overall good.

OCLC shows five copies this edition, as of April 2020.


Pryhody Iurchyka Kucheriavoho is the most famous children historical tale by Volodymyr Radzykevych. It was republished several times.

Volodymyr Radzykevych (born October 17, 1886 in Vyshenka, Horodok County, Ukraine and died September 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio). Pedagogue, literary scholar and writer. Was a teacher at the Academy Gymnasium of Lviv (1908-1939). He was also a founder of and a teacher at the Second Ukrainian Gymnasium in Lviv (1941-44), and from 1945 to 1950 he taught at various gymnasiums in German camps for the displaced persons. He was a member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society from 1932, head of the Teachers’ Hromada (1929-39), and, from 1950, an active member of the Association of Ukrainian Writers for Young People in Cleveland. Under the pseudonym Vuiko Vlodko he wrote poems, plays, and historical tales for children. As a literary scholar Radzykevych wrote articles for “Zapusky NTSh” and a monograph on P. Svientsitsky (1911). His most important work was “Istoriia ukrayinskoi literatury” (History of Ukrainian Literature), a widely used text for secondary schools which was published in Lviv in 1922, reissued there in 1937 and 1942, published in 1947 in Germany, and published in 1955-56 in the United States.

Osyp Kurylas (born 7 August 1870 in Lviv county, Galicia, died 25 June 1951 in Lviv). Painter and graphic artist. A graduate of the Lviv Industrial Design School (1890) and the Cracow Academy of Fine Art (1900), he specialized in genre painting and portraiture. He did portraits of Taras Shevchenko (1918), Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky, Prince Volodymyr the Great, Prof Yavorsky, his wife (1918), and Volodymyr Shukhevych, and a self-portrait. Many of his paintings depict the Hutsuls in their everyday life. He also illustrated children's books such as Kazka didusia Tarasa (Grandfather Taras's Story), and Hav na vakatsiiakh (Hav on Vacation); the children's magazine Svit dytyny; a number of Ukrainian readers and primers; and Vasyl Stefanyk’s novellas Klenovi lystky (Maple Leaves) and Novyna (News). His postcards on historical themes and drawings depicting the period of the wars for Ukraine’s independence were very popular. Kurylas was one of the pioneers of the new movement in Ukrainian religious painting. His icons of the Mother of God and Christ are distinctively Ukrainian.

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