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    Comœdia Illustré Magazine Featuring the Ballets Russes

    [Léon Bakst]. Comœdia Illustré 1909-1914. Paris, 1909-1914.

    Two volumes. Bound issues of Comœdia Illustré; Revue Parisienne Theatrale, Artistique, Literaire, ranging from 1909 to 1914. Included are Volume I, Numbers 10, 11, 12; Volume II, Numbers 17, 18; Volume III, Numbers 15, 16, 17, 18; Volume IV, Numbers 15, 16. Also included are supplementary issues concerning the Ballets Russes, an official seasonal program for the 1914 season of the Ballets Russes, as well as "Serge de Diaghileff's Ballet Russe" (a souvenir from the Metropolitan Ballet Company with many color plates by Léon Bakst). Text in French.

    Contemporary half morocco over decorative paper boards. Matching paper to endsheets. Raised bands and gilt lettering and designs to spines. Top edges gilt. A handsome binding of a collection of immaculate magazines. Fine.

    This collection of Comœdia Illustré includes issues which have articles or art concerning the Ballets Russes or Léon Bakst, providing a rich and contemporary insight into the public face of Sergei Diaghilev's famous and influential Ballets Russes, known for such illustrious dancers and choreographers as Vaslav Nijinsky, Tamara Karsavina, Michel Fokine, Lydia Sokolova, Enrico Cecchetti, not to mention Bakst, whose skills in designing sets, backdrops, posters, and costumes gave the Ballets Russes its distinct look. Included are many color plates and illustrations of Bakst's art work.

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