Serge Lifar. Destin d'un Danseur

Serge Lifar. Destin d'un Danseur
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André Levinson. Frontispiece by Picasso.

Paris. Éditions Bernard Grasset. 1934. Number 1316 from an edition of 1,650 copies. Wrappers, with glassine cover. 65 pages. B&w lithographic frontispiece by Picasso ('Serge Lifar a la Barre') and 60 hors-texte photographic plates on tabs. 285 x 230mm (11¼ x 9"). 1.1kg. French. Very good; the original glassine cover has some wear with a large tear across the top of the front cover, it has however protected the beige wrappers from any major wear or markings; the frontispiece has marginal foxing around the edges, not effecting the image; the stitching has loosened in a couple of places and one of the plates has been removed and loosely re-inserted. All plates are present and their are no inscriptions.

André Levinson's early account of the life and career of the great Ukranian-born French ballet dancer, Serge Lifar. Lifar was a principal dancer for the Ballets Russes and held the post of ballet master at the Paris Opera from 1930 to 1944 and 1947 to 1958. Accompanying the text are 60 photographic plates, printed on a single side, that reproduce original photographs taken of Lifar in his various ballet roles from 1924 to 1932. Several of the photographs are taken by Man Ray and Lipnitzki.