London: C.W. Beaumont, 1920. Quarto. Original publisher's dark ivory illustrated wrappers printed in black and gold. 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso portrait of Lopokova by Philpot), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso portrait of Lopokova by Picasso), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), 6 pp. with head- and tailpieces printed in black highlighted in light turquoise, 1f., followed by 9 full-page illustrative plates in pochoir mounted on dark ivory stock.
The plates depict Lopokova performing balletic roles in The Good Humoured Ladies, L'Oiseau de Feu, La Boutique Fantasque, The Midnight Sun, Papillons, Petrouchka, Carnaval, Prince Igor, and Les Sylphide.
From the library of noted dance collector Leslie Getz (1945-2019), wife of important dance critic Don McDonagh (1932-2019).
Wrappers somewhat worn and soiled, chipped at edges with minor loss, lower browned. Some minor internal wear; occasional offsetting of pochoir to facing page.
First Edition. Beaumont p. 8. Niles & Leslie I, p. 27. Not in Magriel or Derra de Moroda.
A Russian-born ballet dancer and actress, Lopokova "participated in Serge Diaghilev's 1910 Saison Russe in Paris, achieving great personal success in the Bluebird pas de deux and as Tamara Karsavina's replacement in Le Carnaval and The Firebird ... In early 1916, [she] rejoined Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in New York and quickly became its leading star, adding Le Spectre de la Rose, Petrouchka, and Les Papillons to her repertory ... An artist of great independence who was not afraid to stand up to "Big Serge," as she called Diaghilev, Lopokova was one of the era's best-loved ballerinas ..." Garafola: International Encyclopedia of Dance Vol. 4, pp. 223-224. Item #32190
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