Mourka. The Autobiography of a Cat

Mourka. The Autobiography of a Cat
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Mourka. The Autobiography of a CatMourka. The Autobiography of a CatMourka. The Autobiography of a Cat

Tanaquil Le Clercq. Photographs by Martha Swope.

New York. Stein and Day. 1964. First edition. Pink cloth-backed boards, with gilt cat motif to front board, dust jacket. Unpaginated [c.80 pages]. Illlustrated throughout with b&w photos. 260 x 185mm (10 x 7"). 0.35kg. . English. Very good; light wear to jacket along edges with a couple of short 1cm closed tears, some rubbing to head and base of spine, and to forecorners, short tear and very slight loss to front top forecorner, very slight browning to spine; some spotting to illustrated endpapers, four leaves are slightly creased; not price-clipped, no inscriptions.

A charming photo book celebrating the life and exploits of famed choreographer George Balanchine's cat Mourka. Martha Swope, official photographer of the New York City Ballet, placed a photo of Mourka leaping, ballet-like, into the air in Life magazine. The popularity of the image led to star status and an autobiography was born. The ballet dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq, then married to Balanchine, provides the witty captions to Swope's photos - 'Anyone looking at my mother's wedding picture could foresee disaster', 'The critics all praised my lovely arms... and my stunning pas de chats... and entrechats', 'She came over to my table and enticed me out onto the dance floor'.

Price :  £200.00