Andre Levinson: Limited First American Edition of The Story of Leon Bakst's Life with Bakst Watercolor Pasted In (New York: Brentano's, 1922), first American edition, 240 pages, bound in vellum with brown titles, folio (11" x 14.75"). Number 216 of 250 numbered copies of the first American edition. Leon Bakst was a revolutionary Russian painter who mentored the likes of Marc Chagall. He was elected to the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1914. The Story of Leon Bakst's Life is a gorgeous and rare biography of Bakst written by Andre Levinson, himself a French art journalist. The book is profusely illustrated by Bakst, with over 50 color plates of Bakst's paintings. There is a 5" x 3.75" Bakst color lithograph pasted down to the rear flyleaf that is not indigenous to the book. This is a bonus to an already extremely rare book, which is in very good condition. The book comes housed in a sturdy tan cloth slipcase, with mild wear and minimal staining. We can only find one auction record for this rare volume in the last twenty years.

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    October, 2007
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