Dessins sur les danses d'Isadora Duncan.
Précédés de La danseuse de Diane.Paris: "A la Belle Édition", [c.1910] Stock Code: 140825
First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by both authors on the verso of front wrapper "A Monsieur G. de Pawlowski, en hommage, D. Divoire; Hommage de A. D. de Segonzac". This is one of 32 copies only, this one unnumbered, of Segonzac's drawings of Isadora Duncan's dance moves. 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, as illustrated here.
The recipient, Gaston de Pawlowski (1874-1933), was a French author and sports writer, best known for his science-fiction novel Voyage au pays de la quatrième dimension (1911).
Fernand Divoire (1883-1951) was a French-Belgian writer involved with Apollinaire, Claudel, etc. His poetry was illustrated by renowned artists, including Bourdelle, Treyakov, and Segonzac (1884-1974). The latter developed an interest in dance around 1910, and published XXX dessins: nus, Isidora Duncan, Ida Rubinstein, boxeurs (c. 1950).
Quarto (256 x 208 mm). Contemporary brown half morocco preserving the original printed wrappers, titles in gilt direct to spine, raised bands, compartments tooled in gilt, marbled boards ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
20 plates of line drawing (including one double-page), 6 in-text illustrations, title vignette, and illustrated front wrapper, all by André Dunoyer de Segonzac.
Extremities rubbed, a few small marks to rear board, the binding otherwise firm and square, front hinge cracked but firm, very occasional faint spotting, else internally fresh; a very good copy.
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