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BAKST, Léon.

The Designs of Léon Bakst for the Sleeping Princess.

Preface by André Levinson.

Stock Code
100059
London, Benn Brothers, 1923
£3,500

A handsomely bound copy of this limited edition record of Diaghilev's revival of La Belle au Bois Dormant at the Alhambra Theatre in London in 1921. This deluxe edition with its spectacular illustrations commemorates Bakst's costumes and sets for a ballet so lavish that it nearly bankrupted Diaghilev. The work is prefaced by an 18-page introduction by André Levinson regarding Bakst and the Tchaikovsky ballet, for which these costume designs were commissioned.

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Description

First edition, one of 500 copies for the UK, from an overall limitation of 1000, this unnumbered and out-of-series; folio (385 x 288 mm.); full-page portrait of Bakst after a drawing by Pablo Picasso, 54 mounted colour plates after designs by Bakst with captioned tissue guards, and 2 other mounted decorations; full blue morocco gilt by Asprey & Garrard, figurative decoration of a dancer in costume on the top cover in white, green, red & pale pink morocco inlays and gilt, top-edge gilt, watered silk endpapers; corners slightly rubbed, light foxing.

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