London: C.W. Beaumont, 1922.
Quarto. Quarter ivory linen with decorative boards, printed title label to spine. 1f. (recto blank, verso tipped-in colour plate of Karsavina), 1f. (recto title printed in dark gold and black, verso blank), 1f. (recto "Editor's Note," verso blank), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), 1f. (recto "Table of Drawings," verso "Table of Camera Portraits"), 148, , [i] (blank) pp. "The text decorated by Claude Lovat Fraser. The cover, preliminary pages and p. 103 decorated by Randolph Schwabe."
With a full list of Karsavina's repertoire to pp. 139-143 listing the name of the ballet, her role, and the choreographer, set and costume designer, and composer.
The 17 reproductions of drawings, some in colour, include role portraits of Karsavina in Thamar, Petrouchka, Les Sylp[hides, Le Spectre de la Rose, Le Carnaval, Schéhérazade, Le Dieu Bleu, Giselle, The Three Cornered Hat, Le Astuzie Femminili, and The Good Humoured ladies; costume designs for The Two Blackbirds and Le Coq d'Or; and drawings by Seroff, Sargent, and Schwabe.
The 15 tipped-in photographic reproductions include role portraits of Karsavina in Giselle, Schéhérazade, Le Carnaval, Le Pavillion d'Armide, Le Coq d'Or, Les Sylphides, Papillons, Le Spectre de la Rose, Daphnis et Chloë, Petrouchka, The Tragedy of Salome, L'Oiseau de Feu, The Three Cornered Hat, Pulcinella, and Le Astuzie Femminili.
From the library of noted dance collector Leslie Getz (1945-2019), wife of important dance critic Don McDonagh (1932-2019).
Binding worn, rubbed, and bumped, spine spotted and darkened, front free endpaper browned. Slightly worn and soiled; some offsetting of tipped-in plates to facing page.
First Edition. Limited to 350 copies, this no. 149. Derra de Moroda 2454. Niles & Leslie II p. 504. Magriel p. 125.
"The first volume in English devoted exclusively to Mme Karsavina, which still remains the best tribute to her art and personality among the books devoted partly or wholly to her career." Niles & Leslie.
A Russian prima ballerina, Karsavina was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. After moving to London, she was instrumental in the establishment of The Royal Ballet and was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Karsavina created many of her most famous roles in the ballets of Mikhail Fokine, including Petrushka and Le Spectre de la Rose; she also created the title role in Fokine's The Firebird with Vaslav Nijinsky, her occasional partner.
Svetlov, prolific author on dance and associate of Diaghilev, was an ardent supporter of Fokine and his innovative choreography and wrote extensively on the Ballets Russes for the Russian press. He is perhaps best known for his Sovremennyi balet, published in 1911 in Russia and a year later in Paris as Le ballet contemporain.
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