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An exceptionally fresh example of this limited edition, with only the binding very lightly stained, the cloth bright and fresh and immaculate inside.
This famous work, finely produced, is a record of Bakst’s extensive contribution to Diaghilev’s revival of La Belle au Bois Dormant at the Alhambra Theatre in London in 1921. It shows Bakst’s sets and costumes, which present a beautiful mix of his early Russian inspiration and 18th-c. French tradition. The work is prefaced by an 18-page introduction by Levinson regarding Bakst and Tchaikovsky’s ballet.
Diaghilev’s production was so lavish (and not so successful) that it nearly bankrupted him. One of the ballerinas, Lydia Lopokova, was noticed by a member of the audience, who repeatedly came to see her: this was John Maynard Keynes. Lopokova soon became Mrs. Keynes, later Baroness and spent the rest of her long life in England.
This is the first English edition; this one being copy num. 8 out of 500 copies for the USA, from an overall limitation of 1000.