Corrêa: Buchet/Chastel, . Small quarto. Original publisher's pictorial wrappers printed in red and black. 1f. (recto half-title, verso publisher's catalogue), 1f. (recto title, verso limitation statement), 1f. (recto quote from Valery, verso blank), 1f. (recto printed dedication to Jacques Rouché, verso blank), 1f. ("Avertissement Préliminaire" by Lifar), 13-347, [i] (blank), 1f. (contents and list of illustrations), 1f. (recto colophon, verso blank).
With a signed inscription by Lifar to French author Pierre La Mure (1909-1976), "Ami de notre Art" in blue ink to half-title dated October 21, 57.
Wrappers slightly worn, foxed, and creased; ownership notes to upper corner of front free endpaper. Browned.
First Edition. Limited to 300 copies, the present copy unnumbered. Niles & Leslie II, p. 328. Derra de Moroda 1701 (the London 1959 edition).
"... an undoubted tribute to [Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, and Olga Spessivtzeva]." Niles & Leslie.
Lifar, one of the greatest male ballet dancers of the 20th century, was also a choreographer, director, writer, dance historian, and collector. "As ballet master of the Paris Opera from 1930 to 1944, and from 1947 to 1958, he devoted himself to the restoration of the technical level of the Paris Opera Ballet, returning it to its place as one of the best companies in the world." Wikipedia.
La Mure's works include biographical novels on Cécile and Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, and Toulouse-Lautrec. Item #29710
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