Bakst's Designs for the Ballets Russes

    [Léon Bakst]. Arsene Alexandre. L'Art Decoratif de Léon Bakst. Essai Critique par Arséne Alexandre. Notes sur les ballets par Jean Cocteau. Paris: De la More Press, 1913.

    First edition. Folio. [4], 49, [3] pages of text. Portrait and seventy-seven mounted plates, of which fifty are in color. Text in French.

    Original half vellum ruled in gilt on covers over marbled boards. Spine stamped in gilt, green morocco lettering label. Top edge gilt. A near fine copy.

    A fine example of Léon Bakst's contribution to the Russian ballet of the Diaghilev period. It includes a fine text by Alexandre and Cocteau, and numerous plates representing the various scenes and costumes he created for Diaghilev's ballet company. Bakst's greatest works are included in this volume, such as Schéhérazade, Cléopatre, Daphnis and Chloé, and the notorious L'Après-Midi d'un Faun, the erotic ballet choreographed and performed by the legendary Nijinsky.

    Colas 193. Hiler, 60. Magriel, 186.

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