London, South Kensington
6 December 2002
BARBIER, Georges (1882-1932, artist) and Francis DE MIOMANDRE (1880-1959). Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky. Translated by Cyril William Beaumont. London: La Belle Édition for C.W. Beaumont & Co, 1913.
2° (330 x 282mm). 12 colour-printed, pochoir-coloured plates after Barbier, illustrations after Barbier. Original wrappers, the upper cover printed in gold and colours with an illustration after Barbier (very lightly marked, extremities lightly rubbed).
FIRST AND ONLY ENGLISH EDITION. NUMBER 263 OF 400 COPIES, PRINTED ON VELLUM PAPER. 'The designs, although somewhat fantastic in treatment, do convey the impression produced by Nijinsky in his famous characters. The foreword [by Francis de Miomandre] is excellent' (Beaumont). Barbier's illustrations to Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky were originally published by La Belle Édition under the title Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky (Paris: 1913, limited to 390 copies). Beaumont A Bibliography of Dancing p.6; Niles and Leslie I, p.22; cf. Carteret Livres illustrés modernes IV, p.58 (French edition, 'Intéressant ouvrage recherché et coté').
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