San Francisco: Printed for John Howell by John Henry Nash, 1920. Folio. 2 volumes. Original publisher's olive green linen-backed marbled boards with printed title label to spines.
Signed by both Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn below limitation statement of each volume.
Volume I: 1f. (recto signed limitation statement, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso tipped-in reproduction colour portrait of St. Denis by Max Wieczorek within decorative border), 1f. (recto title in red and black within decorative border, verso copyright), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), v-vii ("Some Reasons for the Making of this Book"), [i] (blank), 1 (half-title),  (blank), 3-107, [i] (blank). With fine decorative headpieces to head of each chapter by W.F. Rauschnabel.
Volume II: 1f. (recto signed limitation statement, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso tipped-in reproduction colour portrait of St. Denis in The Peacock Dance from a painting by Robert Henri), 1f. (recto title in red and black within decorative border, verso copyright), i-v ("A Complete List of Plates with Notes"), [i] (blank), [i] (half-title) followed by 64 black-and-white illustrative plates tipped-in to rectos with identification to facing page.
Outer and lower edges untrimmed.
From the library of noted dance collector Leslie Getz (1945-2019), wife of important dance critic Don McDonagh (1932-2019).
Bindings very slightly worn and soiled; spine bumped at head. Very occasional minor signs of wear; annotations in pencil to pastedown of Volume I. A very nice copy overall.
First Edition. Limited to 350 copies on handmade Italian Etruruia paper, this copy unnumbered. Derra de Moroda 2321. Magriel p. 37. Not in Niles & Leslie.
St. Denis, a pioneer of modern dance in America, was, along with Isadora Duncan, one of the most important figures in early 20th century American dance.
"In 1915 St Denis and her dance partner Ted Shawn (1891–1972) – a successful propagandist against the misconception that dancing was an effeminate career for men – formed a school, known from 1917 as Denishawn, which produced most of the next generation of American modern dancers. Prominent among them were Doris Humphrey, who devised means of teaching the art of choreography, Charles Weidman, who pioneered specifically American themes, and Martha Graham (1894–1991)." Rebecca Harris-Warrick, Noël Goodwin and John Percival in Ballet in Grove Music Online.
A handsome example of early 20th century bookmaking. Item #32189
Price: $675.00 other currencies