André Levinson (1887-1933) was born in St. Petersburg but emigrated to France in 1918 where he became a critic and dance writer. One of the most influential critics of the early 20th Century, he was known as a formalist and espoused the notion of ‘Pure Dance’. This is the first French edition of the first full survey of Bakst’s life and works. Richly illustrated and published the last year of Bakst’s life.
First edition. Limited Edition one of 345 copies. Large 4to (38.2 x 29.1 cm). 242 pp. and 68 mounted colour and monochrome plates, each with its own tissue guard, numerous illustrations in text; some spotting, mostly to text pages, neat closed tear to p. 167 without affecting text. Limited to 345 copies, one of 150 copies on arches vélin. Modern blue half-morocco, spine with raised bands lettered in gilt. Text in French.
Provenance: Boris Berezovskiy (1946-2013, Russian businessman and politician).
Stock ID: 92051