BAKST, Leon - LEVINSON, André.

Bakst. The Story of the Artist's Life.

London: The Bayard Press, 1923 Stock Code: 144128
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Superb monograph on Bakst

First UK edition, number 157 of 300 copies, of this handsome and important record of Bakst's work, including images of not only his most celebrated costumes, but also sketches and theatre settings. From the library of a celebrated Texas balletomane: with the crested bookplate of Thomas Lawton Osborn (1927-2010), trustee of Houston Ballet, former professional skater and acclaimed drag performer.

The author, André Levinson (1887-1933), was a Russian critic and dance writer. "While still a professor of Romance languages at St Petersburg University he was a vigorous writer of dance criticism, displaying in his articles a staunch defence of academic dance principles and attacking the reforms of Fokine and Diaghilev (though he became a champion of Isadora Duncan). In 1918 he left Russia for Paris where he taught at the Sorbonne and became one of the most influential critics in France" (The Oxford Dictionary of Dance). Bakst was first published in Berlin in 1922.

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Folio (375 x 290 mm). Original publisher's vellum by the G. Schauer bindery of Berlin (stamped at the foot of the back cover), spine and front cover lettered in sepia, sand-coloured daubed endpapers.


68 plates with captioned tissue-guards, some in colour and mounted, numerous illustrations to the text, some also coloured; title page printed in sanguine and black.


Bookplate of Raymond and Pamela Lister; the former a leading authority on Samuel Palmer and his circle; Houston bookseller's ticket to rear free endpaper. Binding a little chipped along front joint and at extremities, some old stains and marks to front cover, pale tidemark at head of final 25 leaves (occasionally encroaching onto an image), scattered foxing, yet this remains a very respectable copy.


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