Copy Number 1


Bakst: the Story of the Artist's Life

Publication: Selle, Berlin for Brentano's, New York and A. Kogan, Berlin, 1923.

[BAKST] – LEVINSON, André, Bakst: the Story of the Artist’s Life

The most celebrated artist of the Ballets Russes, celebrated here in this beautiful production – of which it is the copy num. 1 out of only 315 printed for the UK.

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COPY NUMBER 1 (out of 315 for the UK) of the first edition of this celebrated work, especially remarkable for presenting also Bakst’s drawings, sketches, paintings, portraits and theatre settings next to his famous costumes for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

Uncut example, with the striking fragile vellum publisher’s binding in very good condition.

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Physical Description

Folio (37.5 x 29 cm). Leaf with publisher’s mark, 240 pp. incl. half-title, title and 68 plates, [1] leaf with tipped-in colour illustration, most plates in colour, numerous engravings and illustrations in text.


Publisher’s full vellum by Hoyer, large brown lettering to upper cover, spine with raised bands lettered and decorated in brown.


Binding minimally soiled or rubbed, very rare internal light stains too; overall a fine example.

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