Bakst: The Story of Leon Bakst's Life (with Custom Clamshell Box)


The Story of Leon Bakst's Life (with Custom Clamshell Box)

Very Good +: $3900.00

SKU: 281AKJ1012006 Publisher: Brentano's Published: Apr 23 2021

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First Limited Edition #144 of 250 art-biography bound by Brentano's/NY/1922. Published in Berlin by Alexander Kogan Publishing Co, printed by DR Selle. 355 pg folio size: 15+x1 3+x2+. Includes sturdy custom made linen clamshell box with leather spine label. Tissue guards with Kogan Publishing logo printed. Art in delicate greys & tinted inks: within text & on 68 plates, 52 in color. Theatre settings, costumes & portraits. Frontispiece is a portrait of Bakst by Modigliani. Covers/spine are medium brown mottled vellum without soiling, decorative title on front. Tight hinges. Slightly splayed fore-edges from typical tightening over time. End papers: lightweight mustard color, mottled paper; no marks/writing. Front free end paper has minor crease and ripple near spine, caused in binding. Small white spot on the adjacent pasted down end paper; not a puncture. Light wear to tips of cover corners with 1/8 inch vellum worn through to boards, all blended in neutrals. Well cared for. Delighted audiences in Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Scheherazade, Cleopatra, Le Spectre of the rose and more. Some dancers he designed for included Pavlova, Rubenstein, Nijinsky. No international shipping.