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  1. 116318

    De Bail Ballets Russes: 1934-1941 - bound volume of de luxe souvenir programmes.

    Highly attractive bound volume collecting together of six de luxe souvenir programmes from British and American tours of the various incarnations of the celebrated Russian ballet company between 1933 and 1941, billed as the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo, Col. W. de Basil's Ballets Russes or Col. W. de Basil's Ballets Russes (de Monte Carlo), Covent Garden Russian Ballet Company, and Original Ballet Russe. Learn More
    £825

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: Various

    Stock Code: 116318

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  2. 116317

    Souvenir Serge De Diaghileff's Ballet Russe: With Originals by Leon Bakst and Others. - 1916 American Tour Programme.

    An important piece of ballet history, an original souvenir programme from the first American tour of the Ballet Russe, with full-colour illustrations of the sumptuous costumes designs of Leon Bakst. Programme includes brief ballet synopses, an itinerary, and two pages of illustrated advertisements. This is an unusual and highly desirable variant in that it features the superb Nijinsky illustration of on the cover. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116317

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  3. Fonteyn. Impressions of a Ballerina. With 40 studies by Cecil Beaton published for the first time.
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    Fonteyn. Impressions of a Ballerina. With 40 studies by Cecil Beaton published for the first time.

    First public edition of Chappell's study of Margot Fonteyn, illustrated with some of his own drawings, and with 40 black and white photographic studies of Fonteyn by Cecil Beaton. The first 250 copies of this edition were printed on Fine Antique laid paper, signed by both Miss Fonteyn and the author, and issued as a limited edition. This copy inscribed by Margot Fonteyn, "To Mrs Binde, Margot Fonteyn Arias. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1951

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113886

    Signed: Yes

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  4. The Butterfly Dream.

    The Butterfly Dream.

    First edition, first impression, of this lavishly produced book, the result of a 40-year artistic collaboration between experimental filmmaker and photographer Eikoh Hosoe and legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno. Text in Japanese. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 2006

    Published: Kyoto

    Stock Code: 112866

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  5. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .

    Illustrated by Hume Henderson.
    First UK photoplay edition, published to coincide with the release of the 1933 Paramount Pictures film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. With the scarce jacket featuring Charlotte Henry, who played Alice in the film. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: [1933]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112676

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  6. Ballet in England.

    Ballet in England.

    A book of lithographs.
    First edition, first impression. A beautifully produced picture book which took the several years to compile her illustrations from the companies of Sadler's Wells, Ballet Rambert, Ballet Jooss, International Ballet, Anglo-Polish Ballet and the Ballet Guild. Laid in is a certificate from the Royal Academy of Dancing dated 1952. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1945

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111899

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  7. From the Ball Room to Hell.

    From the Ball Room to Hell.

    Facts about Dancing. A Dancing Master’s Experience [cover sub-title].
    Early printing of this fascinating anti-dance treatise directed against the waltz craze that was sweeping America. Faulkner, described on the title page as "formerly the Proprietor of the Los Angeles Dance Academy and ex-President of the Dancing Masters' Association of the Pacific Coast", converted "from a dancing master and servant of the ‘evil one' to an earnest Christian and a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ" and here explains "the inherent dangers of letting beautiful young daughters of wealthy parents learn the waltz" (Ericksen, Dance with me: Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy, p. Learn More
    £30

    Date of Publication: c.1894]

    Published: [Chicago

    Stock Code: 102862

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  8. Der Doktor Faust.

    Der Doktor Faust.

    Ein Tanzpoem, nebst furiosen Berichten über Teufel, heren und Dichtfunst.
    First edition of Heine's "dance-poem" based on Goethe's classic tale. "It was during a very dark period in Heine's unhappy life that the notion of producing a Faust of his own once more took hold of his mind. Already more than half-blind and crippled by the stroke which his fearful state of mind about his uncle's will had precipitated in March 1845, he was approached by Benjamin Lumley of Her Majesty's Theatre with the request for a ballet-scenario" (E. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1851

    Published: Hamburg

    Stock Code: 97982

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  9. Original illustrated manuscript Giselle: A Romantic Ballet In Two Acts. Presented by Les Ballet St Trinian s.

    Original illustrated manuscript Giselle: A Romantic Ballet In Two Acts. Presented by Les Ballet St Trinian s.

    A fine comic manuscript, with eight large original drawings, showing Searle's immortal naughty schoolgirls in a variety of scenes from a nightmarish production of the romantic ballet. The manuscript is unpublished and undated, but it was probably inspired by the Bolshoi's legendary 1956 visit to Covent Garden; Searle undoubtedly saw the ballet then, as he illustrated the great Russian ballerina Ulanova in the part of Giselle for Punch magazine, 10 October 1956. Learn More
    £17,500

    Date of Publication: [1956?]

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    Stock Code: 90918

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  10. Quintet: Five American Dance Companies.
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    Quintet: Five American Dance Companies.

    First edition, first printing. The five dance companies featured are the Alvin Ailey City Center Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham and Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Eliot Feld Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company. The front free endpaper is signed by Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Eliot Feld. With four loosely inserted flyers, including one for the Paul Taylor Dance Company signed by one the dancers. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 89608

    Signed: Yes

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  11. Der Tanz Der Zukunft. (The Dance of the Future.)

    Der Tanz Der Zukunft. (The Dance of the Future.)

    Übersetzt und Eingeleitet von Karl Federn.
    Rare first edition of Duncan's 1903 Berlin address that became the manifesto of modern dance, and was a volley of modernist feminism fired across the bow of the traditional art world. Coupling Nietzchean philosophy with Greek classicism, Duncan theorised a completely new form of dance that originated in the body itself - the solar plexus - and was free and natural like the dance of the ancient Greeks. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: Leipzig

    Stock Code: 83693

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  12. Dancings.

    Dancings.

    First published in an edition of 500, plus 25 copies hors commerce, this one of 15 offered on Madagascar - the third tier of the edition - and here accompanied by a nearly complete suite - it lacks two of the duller images - of the illustrations offered with the 10 copies on Japon impérial. Lighthearted celebration of the "flora" and "fauna" of the "dancings" - night clubs - that proliferated in Paris in the inter-war years; "The Amercanized term un dancing referred to bars, nightclubs, and cabarets of varying sizes as well as to dance halls themselves. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 81635

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  13. My Life.

    My Life.

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 650 numbered copies. This autobiography was completed only a few months before the dancer's tragic death in Nice. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 81051

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  14. Dancers Under My Lens. Essays in Ballet Criticism.
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    Dancers Under My Lens. Essays in Ballet Criticism.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Maria Gambarelli, a small token of gratitude for her kindness to the writer. With every good wish, from, Cyril W. Beaumont, August 19 1949." Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1949

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 79712

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Jazz.

    Jazz.

    A Flippant Magazine [later "Le Magazine du Music Hall"]
    A remarkable survival from "les années folles," when in France jazz meant modernity, exoticism, américanisation, nudity, more or less anything but jazz. Largely comprising slightly risqué photographs of dancers and other performers at the music halls and dancings of Paris, interpersed with reviews of the shows, lightly erotic stories, and much enhanced by the ads for "Snappy Photos;" "All unpublished things you are looking for;" the Egyptian Palace - "English spoken. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 77157

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  16. Reminiscing with Sissle and Blake.
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    Reminiscing with Sissle and Blake.

    First edition. Inscribed on the half-title; "To Dr. George Liberman, thank you for keeping me alive for 28 years, from Eubie Blake, May 8th 1973." Eubie went on to live for another 10 years. Lively recollections of the great Vaudeville Dixie Duo, composers of Shuffle Along, the first Broadway musical show by and about African-Americans. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 77087

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Isadora Duncan's Russian Days and her Last Years in France.

    Isadora Duncan's Russian Days and her Last Years in France.

    First US edition, first printing. Published just after Duncan's tragic death and dedicated to her memory, this book prints a number of Duncan's letters for the first time. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published:

    Stock Code: 44765

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