St. Petersburg: Golike i Vilborg, 1911. Folio. Original publisher's full light green cloth with titling within oval decorative border gilt, titling to decorative spine gilt, patterned endpapers. 1f., 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto decorative title printed in colour, verso blank), 1f. (recto quotations, verso blank), [i]-[viii], 134, + numerous illustrative plates, some in colour, some tipped-in and mounted on heavy olive green paper, with tissue guards. Original ribbon marker. Text pages with deckled outer edges. Text in Russian.
Binding slightly worn and soiled; corners slightly bumped; head of spine and lower joint just beginning to fray. Minor internal wear; some signatures partially separated. In very good condition overall.
First Edition. OCLC (3 copies only located).
"This, the first edition of Le Ballet Contemporain, is not a numbered and limited one as is the French. It is however equally beautiful... The book contains designs for costumes and scenery by Anisfeld, Bakst, Benois, Golovin and Roerich, the largest number being contributed by Bakst, who also designed the decorations." Niles & Leslie II, p. 504.
"This is a well written and most valuable work... The book is divided into five main sections... The first gives a biographical account of the celebrated maître de ballet Marius Petipa, and of his remarkable contribution to the building up of the old Imperial Russian Ballet, while his theories of the art are examined and criticised in relation to the work of his successors. It concludes with a description of the great and invaluable reforms instituted by Michel Fokine. The second section traces briefly the development of ballet in Europe... The third describes the advent of Isadora Duncan... It concludes with a critical account of the work of other well-known exponents of natural dancing such as the sisters Wiesenthal, Maud Allan, Stephanie Dombrovska, Ruth St. Denis, etc. The final section recounts the story of M. Diaghilev's first descent on Paris, and describes famous members of his company such as Fokine, Nijinsky, Bolm, Pavlova, Karsavina, etc., the ballets in his repertory, his scenic artists and composers, and the extraordinary success of what was then a revelation of the art of ballet to the theatre-going public of Western Europe..."
"The book is decorated by Bakst and beautifully illustrated with reproductions of designs for costumes and scenery by Anisfeld, Bakst, Benois, Golovin, Korovin and Roehrich; of portrait drawings and photographs of famous dancers of the past and present such as Bolm, Duncan, Elssler, Feodorova, Fokine, Fokina, Karsavina, Lopokova, Nijinska, Nijinsky, Pavlova, Ruth St. Denis, Sallé, Taglioni, etc." Beaumont: A Bibliography of Dancing, pp. 168-169.
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