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PUSHKIN, Alexander; BENOIS, Alexandre.

Pikovaya Dama. [Queen of Spades].

Stock Code
103719
St Petersburg, P. Golike and A. Vilborg, 1911
£1,950

Tchaikovsky's masterpiece based on Pushkin's Pikovaya Dama was Benois' favourite opera. Although he provided some of the décor for a 1903 production, it was not until May 1921 that Benois produced and adapted Tchaikovsky's libretto and designed all the sets and the costumes for the State Theatre for Opera and Ballet in Petrograd. These illustrations dating from a decade before, obviously influenced the 1921 production.

This is a fine example of a work, (which is normally found heavily foxed), with the contemporary boards in pristine condition thanks to a contemporary dust-wrapper.

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Description

First edition; 4to (30 x 24 cm); 15 mounted colour plates, numerous colour illustrations in text, all by Benois; publisher's cream cloth with blind and gilt panel decoration, flat spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, patterned endpapers, inner front hinge cracked, in a contemporary waxed paper dust-wapper, somewhat worn at edges; very fresh example; [4], xxii, 68 pp.

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